KOFTA Committee Minutes

Last up dated 29/06/2017

INAUGURAL- Sunday 16/02/03 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

29/03/03 Rutherglen Glencairn club Glasgow

11/05/03 Wee Cooper Glenrothes

07/06/03 Rutherglen Glencairn club Glasgow

03/08/2003 Oast House Glenrothes

18/01/2004 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

A.G.M - 25/04/2004 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

14 November 2004 C.I.S.W.O. club  Glenrothes

16th January 2005 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

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A.G.M - 10/04/2005 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

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29th January 2005 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

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12th March 2006 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

A.G.M - 30/04/2006 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

11th June 2006 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

13th August 2006 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

10 September 2006 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

15th October 2006 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

3rd December 2006 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

11th February 2007 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

11th March 2007 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

A.G.M - 16/04/2007 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

13th May 2007 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

12th August 2007 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

16th September 2007 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

14th October 2007 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

4th November 2007 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

9th December 2007 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

13th January  2008 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

10th February 2008 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

9th March 2008 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

13th April 2008 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

18th May 2008 AGM C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

10th August 2008 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

14th September 2008 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

12th October 2008 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

7th December 2008 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

8th February 2009 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

8th March 2009 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

19th April 2009 AGM C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

9th August 2009 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

13th September 2009 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

11th October 2009 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

8th November 2009 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

21st February  2010 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

14th March 2010 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

9th April 2010 AGM C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

13th June 2010 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

8th August 2010 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

12th September 2010 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

17th October 2010 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

21st November 2010 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

 12th December 2010 C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

9th January 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Genrothes

13th February 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

10th April 2011 AGM C.I.S.W.O club Glenrothes

8th May 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

19th June 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

10th July 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

14th August 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

11th September 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

16th October 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

13th November 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

11th December 2011 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

12th February 2012 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

11th March 2012 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

A.G.M - 15th April 2012 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes.

8th July 2012 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

12th August 2012 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

2nd September 2012 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

7th October 2012 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

18th November 2012 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

9th December 2012 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

13th January 2013 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

10th February 2013 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

10th March 2013 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

AGM 14th April 2013 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

12th May 2013 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

16th June 2013 C.I.S.W.O. club Glenrothes

11th August 2013 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

8th August 2013 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

10th November 2013 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

8th December 2013 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

12th January 2014 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

16th Febuary 2014 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

9th March 2014 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

AGM 20th April 2014 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

8th June 2014 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

14th Septenber 2014 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

19th October 2014 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

14th December 2014 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

11th January 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

8th February 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

8th March 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

AGM 20th April 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

17th May 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

7th June 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

8th August 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

6th September 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

4th October 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

1st November 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

13th December 2015 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

10th January 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

7th February 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

6th March 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

AGM 8th May 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

14th June 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

9th August 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

13th September 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

16th October 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

20th November 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

11th December 2016 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

14th March 2017 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

AGM 14th May 2017 Phoenix Bar Glenrothes

 

 

 

KOFTA AGM Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 14th May 2017

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

The meeting was called to order at 13.02pm by Chairman John Strachan Sen.

In attendance (17 members) – John Strachan Sen., John Callaghan, Charlie Ewen, Stan Sommers, Ian Speed,  John Strachan Jnr., James Black, Dougie Swindells, Gary Sommers, Adam Wood, William Paterson, Gavin Deas, David Yeats, Brian Fraser, Fred Sutherland, Robbie Strachan, Dave Keir.

 Apologies (8 members) –  Craig Ewen, George Armstrong, Allan Trolland, Allan McAndrew, Kris Shankland, Scott Ayling, Ronald Clark, Ross Stevenson.

Minutes of Annual General Meeting 8th May 2016 – Chairman John Strachan Sen. read the minutes of the AGM 8th May 2016. These were proposed as “true” record by Stan Sommers and seconded by Adam Wood.

Chairman`s Remarks –  Chairman John Strachan Sen. thanked The Committee, Pub Reps, Website Co-Ordinators and all Members for their  support during the year and for electing him again and would be happy to continue as Chairman if elected again.

Secretary's Report – Secretary John Callaghan thanked all members for re-electing him as Secretary for another year and also thanked the Committee for their continued support throughout the year, John thanked Gerry McTague for managing the KoFTA Website and keeping it up to date. John hoped he had fulfilled his duties to everyone's satisfaction and that he had thoroughly enjoyed his year as Secretary.

John said the KoFTA Face book page is now well received as a tool for keeping members up to date with all information regarding KoFTA activities, currently 78 people have signed up, any member wishing to join up should send John a Friend's Request and he will accept.

John said he continued as a Committee member of The Association of Tartan Army Clubs (ATAC) and attended meetings whenever possible, on occasion accompanied by KoFTA member Allan McAndrew, Allan also represented KoFTA when John was unable to attend. John commented that meetings and dialogue continued between ATAC and the SFA/SSC.

John also commented that The Phoenix was an excellent venue for our meetings and thanked owner John Noone for his continued support.

John advised that once again The Children's Party held in The Phoenix was a great success and thanked Kerry's Kids Disco, Santa Claus (once he found his way to The Phoenix), The Caterer and to all who helped make the day the success it was.

John reported that KoFTA had 105 members on his list and that remained fairly consistent year on year, attendance at our monthly meetings although improved slightly is still quite low, on occasions cancelled due to lack of numbers.

On summarising John said it had been a very busy but enjoyable year as Secretary of The Kingdom o` Fife Tartan Army and once again thanked everyone for their support and looked forward to the remaining games in the hope of our qualification for Russia 2018.

As indicated at last year's AGM John said it was time for him to step aside and for someone else to take over the reins as Secretary of KoFTA. He said although challenging at times it had been a wonderful experience and great honour and privilege to be Secretary of The Kingdom o` Fife Tartan Army for the last 8 years and wished his successor all the very best in the role of Secretary. John said he would continue to be a Back Bencher of KoFTA and happy to lend any assistance if required.

John once again thanked everyone.

The Secretary's Report was proposed for adoption by Gary Sommers and seconded by David Yeats.

Treasurers Report – Treasurer Stan Sommers produced the Annual Income and Expenditure report which once again indicated that the Accounts were in a healthy position. Stan gave a full breakdown of Income and Expenditure which can be made available on request.

An overall profit of just over £1500 was made during the year reported.

Stan said to all present his highlights for the year were the away trips to Malta and Wembley, Malta for the excellent start to the campaign with a 5-1 win and warm weather to boot as well, England at Wembley for the camaraderie on the bus trip down and back with special thanks to our driver Graeme, with the lows being a run of poor results following the good start.

 

In closing, Stan thanked all members of KoFTA old and new for their assistance in making this another successful year for the club and having the confidence in him to serve as Treasurer again. Stan also thanked the Committee for their continued support during the last year. He also indicated that if elected he would be delighted to serve as Treasurer again.

The Treasurer`s Report was proposed for adoption by Adam Wood and seconded by Gary Sommers.

Election of Office Bearers – The Chairman announced that the Committee would stand down and a New Committee would be voted in.

Chairman – John Strachan Sen. - proposed by Adam Wood seconded by Gary Sommers

Secretary – Gary Sommers - proposed by David Yeats seconded by Stan Sommers

Treasurer – Stan Sommers - proposed by John Strachan Sen. seconded by John Callaghan

Minute Secretary – Charlie Ewen – proposed by John Strachan Sen. seconded by Stan Sommers

Website Co-ordinator – Allan McAndrew – proposed by John Strachan Sen. seconded by John Callaghan. Gerry McTague will assist Allan and provide backup when Allan is unavailable.

Pub / Local Reps – The following people were elected and will form the rest of the Committee for the forthcoming year

Snooker Club – David Yeats

Wotherspoons / Phoenix – Ian Speed

Dixon Arms – George Armstrong

Cowdenbeath – Craig Watson

Chapel Home Farm – Robert McDermott

These were all proposed by John Strachan Sen. and seconded by Stan Sommers.

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England home – Saturday 10th June ko 17.00pm....Two 70 seater buses have been booked for this game, pickup points and approx. times are....

Bus 1....Coaltown of Balgonie 9.00am

              Dixon Arms 9.10am

              Chapel Farm 9.20am

              Halbeath 9.30am

 

Bus 2....The Phoenix 9.00am

              Snooker Club 9.10am

              Cowdenbeath Slip Road 9.25am

 

Both buses are booked into Shettleston Juniors Social Club for a few beers where entertainment will be provided by two bands, Gimme Gimme Gimme and Fiery Jack, both buses will then leave for Hampden at approx. 15.30pm

 

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 19.45pm, Vilnius has been confirmed as the venue for this match.

 

Any Other Business  - ATAC has organised a 7-a-side tournament at Carnoustie Juniors F.C on Saturday 15th July 2017, 9 names are down for this with another 3 possibles, more information should be available at our meeting on Sunday 18th June.

Membership currently stands at 105 members

 

On buses organised for home games, Non-Members are charged £15 both ways and £7.50 for a one way journey, this has been reviewed and amended to a fixed price of £15, this will come into place in September 2017. For the game v England the status quo will remain.

 

Chairman John Strachan Sen. closed The Annual General Meeting at 13.58pm.

The next meeting will be in The Phoenix on Sunday 18th June 2017 at 13.00pm

 

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 14th March 2017

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 20th November 2016

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

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Meeting Commenced at 13.06pm – Allan McAndrew called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

In Attendance (15 members) – John Callaghan, Stan Sommers, Charlie Ewen, Allan McAndrew, David Yeats, Gary Sommers, James Sutherland, Fred Sutherland, Ian Speed, Dougie Swindells, Lee Jarrett, Brian Fraser, Adam Wood, Jim Black, John Strachan Sen.

Apologies – None

Approval of Minutes  - Chairman John Strachan Sen. was unable to make the start of the meeting, Allan McAndrew was asked to stand in, he duly obliged to do so and read out the minutes from the 16th October 2016 meeting which were  proposed as true record by Adam Wood and seconded by Stan Sommers.

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Lithuania Home – Saturday 8th October 2016 – Following the two incidents of complaint on one of the buses travelling from Club 100 to Hampden, Stan Sommers had a meeting with one of the Directors of the bus company (Moffat and Williamson) to discuss how KoFTA had dealt with the incidents and  what plans we(KoFTA) had in place to ensure incidents of this nature would not happen again in future. Moffat and Williamson were happy with Stan`s feedback thus maintaining our good relationship with them.

 

England away – Friday 11th November – Despite a 3-0 defeat most members thought Scotland had played ok for a good part of the game.  A lot of our members travelled to London for this game using various forms of transport, 43 travelled on the KoFTA organised bus staying at The Premier Inn in Boreham Wood, Stan Sommers said the Manager of the Hotel had praised everyone for their behaviour and that we were all welcome back at any time. Stan also had a call from the bus company Moffat and Williamson saying that our driver Graham had also complemented everyone for their behaviour and the cleanliness of the bus after our 3 day trip.

The Gig at Crystals prior to the game was voted a success, KoFTA was possibly the biggest represented TA there.

 

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm.

 

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm...Flights have now become available, some members have already booked flights flying via Brussels.

 

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm.

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm.

Slovenia away – Sunday 8th October ko 5.00pm...Apparently very difficult getting flights to Slovenia, one possibility is a charter flight becoming available at a cost of approx. £450 per head, a number of names of those showing interest were submitted to Secretary John Callaghan, John will follow this up and advise in due course.

Friendlies – none arranged at present.

ATAC Meeting – A lot has been said on various Tartan Army pages on Social Media advocating boycotting of next home game against Slovenia. No one seems to fully know the reason for boycott but all will be discussed at the next ATAC meeting in The Elizabethan, Dunfermline on Sunday 4th December 2016 at 13.00pm.

KoFTA members present at our November 2016 meeting are not in favour of a boycott, this will be conveyed at the ATAC meeting.

 

Social Events – The Kids Xmas Party will take place in the upstairs Lounge of The Phoenix Glenrothes on Sunday 11th December 2016 at 14.00 pm, forms for this are available now. The usual arrangements have been made i.e. Kerry`s Disco and Santa booked. KoFTA will pay up to £15 for kids presents once receipt has been shown. Currently 24 kids will be attending. The kids party will follow immediately after our December Monthly Meeting.

Any Other Business – Members present all agreed the Club 100 was not a favourable venue prior to our home games at Hampden and that we should possibly look to going back to Shettleston Juniors Club again, our Chairman John Strachan Sen. will contact The Secretary of Shettleston regarding this and to see if they can provide pre-match entertainment or can we arrange something of our own.

Date of next meeting – The next meeting will take place on Sunday 11th December 2016 in The Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes at 13.00pm. preceding The Kids Xmas Party at 14.00pm.

The meeting closed at 13.45pm.

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 16th October 2016

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

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Meeting Commenced at 13.03pm – Chairman John Strachan Sen. called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

In Attendance (18 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen., Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed, Jim Black, Robert Lowe, Allan McAndrew, Stan Sommers, Gerry McTague, William Paterson, Gary Sommers, David Yeats, Willie Duncan, Robbie Strachan, Adam Wood, George Armstrong, John Strachan Jnr., Dougie Swindells.

Apologies (1 member) – Robert McDermott

Approval of Minutes  – Minutes of 13th September 2016 meeting were read by Chairman John Strachan Sen. and were proposed as true record by David Yeats and seconded by Gary Sommers.

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Malta away – Sunday 4th September – In regard to the 27 point letter of complaint Secretary John Callaghan sent to the Tour Operator(bus from Bugibba to Stadium and return after game) John received an apology and refund of £130, coupled with profit made from bus on the day of £56 KoFTA will be donating £186 to the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal Children`s Charity.

Lithuania home – Saturday 8TH October – 1-1 draw at Hampden was a disappointing result, we need to be winning our home games.

Mixed feedback on Club 100 in Holytown before this game, most agreed entertainment provided was good – especially the young female singer with the mini-kilt on!! Service at the bar was a bit slow at times, accessing food was a bit of a hassle as well due to the food being supplied in the hall where it cost £10 for entry, people were having to borrow a ticket, show it, get their food then return ticket to the owner which was a bizarre scenario. Whether we go back there in future or go back to Shettleston Juniors Club / another venue will be discussed at a future meeting before the game v Slovenia in March next year.

There were some complaints regarding the conduct of two non-members on one of the buses travelling from Club 100 to Hampden, these incidents were discussed at length by those present, both non-members will not be permitted on any KoFTA organised buses in future. Going forward any non-members wishing to travel on any KoFTA organised bus will need to be sponsored by a KoFTA member and that member will in turn then be responsible for the non-member they are sponsoring. The driver of the bus also complained to his superiors of the conduct of the individuals concerned, Club Treasurer Stan Sommers  was contacted by a director of the bus company raising the driver`s concerns, Stan will be in contact with the bus company(Moffat and Williamson) to arrange a meeting and reassure them that KoFTA have dealt with these incidents. Stan reminded all present that we(KoFTA) have a good relationship with  Moffat and Williamson and don`t want this soured by the actions of the individuals concerned.

Slovakia away – Tuesday 11th October – 3-0 defeat was another disappointing result, those who were in Slovakia said it was a good trip(apart from 90mins) flights pretty much on time, transfers to hotel / game fine and plenty of bars and eating places as well.

England away – Friday 11th November ko 7.45pm – 46 members and guests travelling on bus to this game, 47(one member making his own way to hotel) booked into hotel in Boreham Wood not too far from Wembley, hotel is Bed and “all you can eat” Breakfast only.

There is a Gig at Crystals Club at Wembley on the day of the game, tickets are ordered for this.

25 Polo Shirts have been ordered at £13 each, money due to John Callaghan now.

The KoFTA flag will be amended with a Poppy sewn on as the game coincides with Armistice Day.

Pick up Points and Times......

    6.00AM Snooker Club, Glenrothes

    6.10AM Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes

    6.20AM Slip Road, Cowdenbeath

    6.30AM Forth Bridge

    7.15AM Hamilton Services

 

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm.

 

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm...Flights have now become available, some members have already booked flights flying via Brussels.

 

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm.

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm.

Slovenia away – Sunday 8th October ko 5.00pm...Apparently very difficult getting flights to Slovenia, one possibility is a charter flight becoming available at a cost of approx. £450 per head, a number of names of those showing interest were submitted to Secretary John Callaghan, John will follow this up and advise in due course.

Friendlies – none arranged at present.

ATAC Meeting – Allan McAndrew and Ian Speed represented KoFTA at a meeting in Falkirk on Sunday Sunday 18th September 2016, minutes from this meeting are being sent to John Callaghan. Allan said highlights of the meeting were ATAC`s area`s of success i.e in negotiating reduced prices with the SFA for this qualifying campaign as compared to the last one. Allan also mentioned that on the day of the England game for Scotland fans to avoid Trafalgar Square if possible as there will be a service taking place that day to remember those who had fallen in conflict.

Social Events – The Kids Xmas Party will take place in the upstairs Lounge of The Phoenix Glenrothes on Sunday 11th December 2016 at 14.00 pm, forms for this are available now. The usual arrangements have been made i.e. Kerry`s Disco and Santa booked. KoFTA will pay up to £15 for kids presents once receipt has been shown. Forms are available for Kids party now.

Any Other Business – Applications have been made from Jim and Mark McAllister to join KoFTA, sponsored by David Yeats and Gary Sommers, both applications have been approved, Jim and Mark will be notified by John Callaghan that their applications have been successful.

Date of next meeting – The next meeting will take place on Sunday 20th November 2016 in The Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes at 13.00pm, this is one week later than normal as people may still be returning home from Wembley on the 13th November.

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 19:00 on Tuesday 13th September 2016

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Meeting Commenced at 19.06pm – Chairman John Strachan Sen. called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

In Attendance (12 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen., Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed, Jim Black, Robert Lowe, Allan McAndrew, Ian Sommers, Gerry McTague, William Paterson, Gary Sommers, Derek Laing.

Apologies (2 members) – Craig Watson, Dougie Swindells.

Approval of Minutes  – Minutes of 9th August 2016 meeting were read by Chairman John Strachan Sen. and were proposed as true record by Ian Speed and seconded by Gerry McTague.

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Malta away - Sunday 4th September  - Feedback from members in general was positive, flights on time, accommodation fine and  most importantly a good 5-1 (yes 5-1) win for Scotland.  Only downside were some complaints regarding bus from Bugibba to stadium and return, Secretary John Callaghan sent a 27 point letter to the Tour Operator who organised the bus making them aware of our concerns and was awaiting a reply at this time.

 

Lithuania home – Saturday 8TH October ko 7.45pm, names are still being taken for this game with 69 going at present, 2 buses  leaving from Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes at approx.  12.15pm (exact times to be advised), pick up points and times will be confirmed in due course, Secretary John Callaghan has full list available. Both buses are booked into Club 100 in Holytown then on to Hampden.

 

Slovakia away – Tuesday 11th October in Trnava ko 7.45pm, again several  members have already booked flights and accommodation for this game. Transport has been arranged from Bratislava, cost is £25.00 per head payable to Secretary John Callaghan now, 16 names confirmed. Bus will leave at 2pm(local time) returning after game at 11.15pm(local time).

 

England away – Friday 11th November ko 7.45pm, bus for this game is almost full (41 members and guests), cost will be £145 per person for bus and accommodation (B & B only at The Premier Inn, Boreham Wood), deposits of £50 per person have been paid, balance of £95 per person has to be paid by the June 2016 meeting, 2 people still outstanding, this should be paid to Secretary John Callaghan now.  Bus will leaving on Thursday 10th Nov and returning on Saturday 12th Nov. Times and pickup points to be advised at a later date.  Pre-match entertainment is being organised at a couple of venues in London, hopefully more details will be available for October meeting.

 

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm.

 

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm...Flights have now become available, some members have already booked flights flying via Brussels.

 

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm.

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm.

Slovenia away – Sunday 8th October ko 5.00pm...Apparently very difficult getting flights to Slovenia, one possibility is a charter flight becoming available at a cost of approx. £450 per head, a number of names of those showing interest were submitted to Secretary John Callaghan, John will follow this up and advise in due course.

Friendlies – none arranged at present.

ATAC Meeting – A meeting has been arranged for Sunday 18th September 2016 at Graham Hotel, Graham Road in Falkirk at 13.00 pm, Allan McAndrew and John Strachan Sen. are scheduled to represent KoFTA at this meeting.

Social Events – The Kids Xmas Party will take place in the upstairs Lounge of The Phoenix Glenrothes on Sunday 11th December 2016 at 14.00 pm, forms for this are available now.

Any Other Business – Two members, Barry and Suzanne Coote have resigned from KoFTA due to family circumstances.

Date of next meeting – The three month trial of having meetings on a Tuesday night concluded this month(September), after discussion with those present a decision was made to revert back to Sunday meetings.

The next meeting will be held in The Phoenix, Glenrothes on Sunday 16th October 2016 at 13.00pm.

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 19:00 on Tuesday 9th August 2016

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Meeting Commenced at 19.00pm – Chairman John Strachan Sen. called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

In Attendance (9 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen., Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed, Jim Black, Robert Lowe, Allan McAndrew, Chris Balfour, Dave Keir.

Apologies (3 members) – Adam Wood, Stan Sommers,  Jim Ayling.

Approval of Minutes  – Minutes of 14th June 2016 meeting were read by Chairman John Strachan Sen. and were proposed as true record by Ian Speed and seconded by Allan McAndrew.

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Malta away - Sunday 4th September  ko 8.45pm(local time), several members have flights and accommodation booked for this trip. A bus has been arranged on day of game from Bugibba to stadium and return after, 26 names down for bus - £7.50 per head payable to Secretary John Callaghan now. Bus will leave from Cardor Hotel in Bugibba at 7pm(local time) returning from stadium at 11.15pm(local time).  Polo shirts for this game have been ordered through Lee Jarrett.

 

Lithuania home – Saturday 8TH October ko 7.45pm, names for this will be taken now, 2 buses will be going leaving from Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes at 12.15pm, pick up points and times will be advised in due course. Both buses are booked into Club 100 in Holytown then on to Hampden.

 

Slovakia away – Tuesday 11th October in Trnava ko 7.45pm, again several  members have already booked flights and accommodation for this game. Transport has been arranged from Bratislava, cost is £25.00 per head payable to Secretary John Callaghan now, 16 names confirmed. Bus will leave at 2pm(local time) returning after game at 11.15pm(local time)

 

England away – Friday 11th November ko 7.45pm, bus for this game is almost full (41 members and guests), cost will be £145 per person for bus and accommodation (B & B), deposits of £50 per person have been paid, balance of £95 per person has to be paid by the June 2016 meeting, some still outstanding, this should be paid to Secretary John Callaghan now.  Bus will leaving on Thursday 10th Nov and returning on Saturday 12th Nov. Times and pickup points to be advised at a later date.

 

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm.

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm...Flights will become available soon

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm.

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm.

Slovenia away – Sunday 8th October ko 5.00pm...Flights will become available soon.

Season Tickets for Scotland`s home games are available now.

ATAC Meeting – The AGM was held at in Perth on Sunday 26th June 2016 at 1pm, KoFTA was represented by John Callaghan and Allan McAndrew. A revived interest has been shown in the continuation of ATAC with other Tartan Army Clubs joining. A New Committee was formed and next meeting has been scheduled for Sunday 18th September 2016 in Falkirk, Allan McAndrew and John Strachan Sen. will be attending this meeting in John Callaghan`s absence. John Callaghan has a copy of the Minutes from the AGM should anyone be interested in seeing them.

Social Events – nothing scheduled at this time.

Any Other Business – Applications have been received from Kevin Goodwin and William Paterson to join KoFTA, both were approved by those present, Kevin and Willie will be notified by Secretary John Callaghan of their successful applications. KoFTA will now have a membership of 106.

Allan McAndrew suggested we should alert members now of flights becoming available for Lithuania away(Friday 1st September 2017) and Slovenia away(Sunday 8th October 2017) so that those interested can get booked early with best deals possible.

Date of next meeting – The next meeting will be held in The Phoenix, Glenrothes on Tuesday 13th September 2016 at 19.00pm

The meeting closed at 19.33pm.

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KOFTA AGM Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 8th May 2016

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 6th March 2016

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Sunday 6th March 2016 in Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes.

Meeting Commenced at 13.05pm - In Chairman John Strachan Sen`s absence Adam Wood stepped in and called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

 

In Attendance (8 members) – John Callaghan, Charlie Ewen, Adam Wood,  Jim Black, Gerry McTague, John Johnstone, Dougie Swindells, Allan Trolland.

 

Apologies (6 members) – John Strachan Sen., Allan McAndrew, Ian Speed, Stan Sommers, David Yeats, Derek Laing.

 

Approval of Minutes  – Minutes of 13th December 2015 meeting were read by Adam Wood and  were proposed as true record by Jim Black and seconded by Gerry McTague.

Friendlies 2016                                                                                                          

Czech Republic away – Thursday 24th March            in Prague, a few members have flights and accommodation booked for this game.                                                                       Denmark home – Tuesday 29th March at Hampden ko 7.45pm, 20 names only, one bus will going to this game leaving at 5pm from The Phoenix, John Callaghan has list of names and pick up points.

Italy away – Sunday 29th May in Malta

France away – Saturday 4th June in Metz, a few members are booked for this trip.

WORLD CUP 2018 – Fixtures

2016

Malta away - Sunday 4th September  ko 7.45pm, several members have flights and accommodation booked for this trip. A bus is being arranged on day of game from Bugibba to stadium and return after, 26 names down for bus, more details will be made available at a later date.

 

Lithuania home – Saturday 8TH October ko 7.45pm, names for this will be taken at a later date.

 

Slovakia away – Tuesday 11th October in Trnava ko 7.45pm, again several  members have already booked flights and accommodation for this game. Transport has been arranged from Bratislava, 16 names confirmed.

 

England away – Friday 11th November ko 7.45pm, bus for this game is almost full (45 confirmed), cost will be £145 per person for bus and accommodation (B & B), deposits of £50 per person have been paid (apart from 2 still outstanding) balance of £95 per person has to be paid by the June 2016 meeting.  Bus will leaving on Thursday 10th Nov and returning on Saturday 12th Nov. Times and pickup points to be advised at a later date.

 

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm.

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm.

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm.

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm.

Slovenia away – Sunday 8th October ko 5.00pm.

ATAC – nothing to report.

Social Events – nothing scheduled at this time.

Any Other Business – Gerry McTague advised that the Website Subscription was due for renewal, Gerry will discuss payment of this with Stan Sommers and John Strachan Sen.

Date of next meeting – The next meeting will be The AGM on Sunday 17th April 2016 at 13.00pm in The Phoenix, Glenrothes. The AGM was originally scheduled for Sunday 10th April but has now been put back one week.

The meeting closed at 13.32pm. 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 7th February 2016

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

      Call to order

John Strachan snr, Club Chairman, called to order the regular meeting of the Kingdom of Fife Tartan Army at 13.10 on February 7, 2016 at The Phoenix Bar. The Chairman asked Adam Wood to take the minutes, due to the absence of the Minute Secretary, Charlie Ewen.

 Roll call

The following persons were present: John Callaghan, Chris Balfour, Dave Keir, Allan McAndrew, Derek Laing, Jim Ayling, Jim Black, Ian Speed, Stan Sommers, James Sutherland, Fred Sutherland, John Strachan snr. and Adam Wood.

Apologies received from Gerry McTague, John Thornton, Craig Ewen, Gary Sommers and David Yates.

Derek Laing apologised for the fact that he would be unable to attend next month’s meeting.

      Approval of minutes from last meeting

The Club Chairman read the minutes from the last meeting. The minutes were approved as read by Jim Black and seconded by Ian Speed.

.      Open issues

  World Cup Draw :

Malta, away Sunday 4th September 2016.

It was stated that the club would look at arranging local transport in Malta, to and from the game. The committee asked that any members going to the game supply them with details of where they were staying, and Stan Sommers the club Treasurer would try and organise the transport if possible. This information has to be provided by the time of the AGM in April.

Slovakia, away Tuesday 11th October 2016.

The location of this game has still to be confirmed.

 

 

England, away Friday 11th November 2016.

The bus for this game will leave on Thursday 10th November 2016.

The bus is almost full, with 42 members and guests already booked, although there are still some deposits outstanding. John Callaghan the club secretary advised Stan of those who were still to pay and they will be contacted for the payment.

It was confirmed that the members would be staying at a hotel in Borehamwood, which is on the main route to Wembly.

Lithuania, home Saturday 8th October 2016.

This will be discussed at a later date.          

 Friendlies:

Denmark, home Tuesday 29th March 2016.

So far there have been few names put forward, requiring transport for this game (4 for the early bus and none for the late bus). 5 new names were put forward at the meeting but, based on this, it was felt that there would only be the need for one bus and it would probably be a minibus. Times will be advised later.

Czech Republic, Prague, Thursday 24th March 2016.

John Callaghan advised that he had sorted a deal, through a travel agent, This entailed flying out from Glasgow at 8am on 24th March, to Prague. The stay would be 3 nights at a hotel with bed and breakfast and the total cost would be £330.00 per person.

John advised that there were still 9 places available. Allan McAndrew and Ian Speed both said that they would be interested.

Another member had also advised that they had organised another means, which entailed flying out from Edinburgh to Stanstead and then on to Prague on the Tuesday. This required staying in Prague for 4 nights and, at the time of the meeting, the only cost known was that of the flights, which was £186.00 and therefore the cost of the hotel would need to be added to this.

Possible game against France.

It has been suggested that there may be a game arranged against France in Metz on 4th June 2016 but this has still to be confirmed. 

   ATTAC meetings :

There was nothing new to report since last meeting.

   Social events :

There have been no suggestions, so far, but it was stated that the T.A. may organize some events during Euros. It was also discussed whether the club could book somewhere to watch some of the weekend games. Anyone interested should advise the committee.

     New business

a)      The AGM has been put back to 17th April 2016, at 1pm due to commitments that some of the members have on the original date.

b)      John Strachan advised that Gerry McTague had been in touch, with him, to ask if someone would agree to take over the running of the club website. As had been discussed at a previous meeting, Allan McAndrew advised that he would keep his commitment to fill this role. John will advise Gerry and Allan will need to be shown what is involved.

c)      If members are considering purchasing the SFA Season ticket for the World Cup qualifiers, and would like to be seated in a group, with other members of the club, they should contact John Callaghan with their membership number and post code and he will see what can be arranged through the club.

d)      Derek Laing asked if it was possible to for people to become members of the Scotland Supporters Club yet? He was advised that this would not happen until the current renewal process for members was finished.

e)      Derek also advised that he had been looking into transport etc., for the Slovakia game, via Skyscanner, and had found flights from Edinburgh via Brussels to Vienna costing £230.00 return (he advised that it is only a cheap and short train journey to Bratislava from Vienna). This would mean flying out from Edinburgh at about 6pm, and arriving in Vienna at about 9pm on the Sunday, and flying back about tea time on the Wednesday. Hotel costs would be extra.

Derek also advised that KLM also did flights from Edinburgh to Vienna via Amsterdam.

.      Adjournment

John Strachan snr, Club Chairman, adjourned the meeting at 13.40pm.

The next meeting will take place on Sunday 6th March 2016 in the Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes at 1pm.

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 10th January 2016

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Meeting Commenced at 13.08pm - The Chairman, John Strachan Sen. called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

In Attendance (7 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen. Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed,  Adam Wood,  Jim Black, John Thornton.

Apologies (None)

 

Approval of Minutes – Minutes of 13th December 2015 meeting were read by Chairman John Strachan. Minutes were proposed as true record by Jim Black and seconded by Ian Speed.

WORLD CUP 2018 – Fixtures

2016

Malta away - Sunday 4th September  ko 7.45pm, several members have flights and accommodation booked for this trip. Possibility of a bus being booked to pick up from hotels to game and back may be arranged, suggestions welcome.

Lithuania home – Saturday 8TH October ko 7.45pm.

Slovakia away – Tuesday 11th October  ko 7.45pm, again several  members have already booked flights and accomodation for this game.

England away – Friday 11th November ko 7.45pm, bus for this game is almost full (45 confirmed), Stan Sommers has indicated a price of approx.  £145 per person for bus and accommodation (B & B), deposits of £50 per person to be paid by February 2016 meeting . Bus will leaving on Thursday 10th Nov and returning on Saturday 12th Nov. Times and pickup points to be advised at a later date.

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm.

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm.

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm.

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm.

Slovenia away – Sunday 8th October ko 5.00pm.

Friendlies 2016                                                                                                          

Czech Republic away – Thursday 24th March                                                                                              Denmark away – Tuesday 29th March

ATAC Meeting – Enquiries have been made as to the legitimacy of SSC charging policy re renewals of Membership, Membership and shirt for £45 then adding £3 for post and package!!

A fee of £25 was paid to ATAC to renew KoFTA membership for 2016

Social Events – Once again KoFTA kids Xmas party held in The Phoenix on Sunday 13th December last year was a success, our thanks to Kerry`s Disco for providing the entertainment and to Santa for bringing huge smiles to the kids faces, thanks also to John Callaghan and Adam Wood for helping out on the day.

There may be a possibility of organising a Social Night in the coming months, suggestions welcome.

Any Other Business – New member Application was received from Graham McIntosh, his application was approved by those present, Graham will receive a letter from Secretary John Callaghan to inform him that his application was successful.

Date of next meeting – The next meeting will be one week earlier than scheduled in on Sunday 7th February 2016 at 13.00pm in The Phoenix, Glenrothes.

The March meeting will also be one week earlier than scheduled, now on Sunday 6th March 2016 at 13.00pm in The Phoenix, Glenrothes.

The AGM will be held on Sunday 10th April 2016 at 13.00pm in The Phoenix, Glenrothes.

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 13th December 2015

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Meeting Commenced at 13.10pm - The Chairman, John Strachan Sen. called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

 

In Attendance (11 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen. Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed,  Adam Wood,  Jim Black, Dougie Swindells, John Thornton, Gary Sommers, Jim Ayling, John Strachan Jnr.

Apologies (3 members) – Stan Sommers, James Sutherland, Gavin Deas.

 

Approval of Minutes – Minutes of 1st November 2015 meeting were read by Chairman John Strachan. Minutes were proposed as true record by Adam Wood and seconded by Jim Black.

WORLD CUP 2018 - Scotland were drawn in the same group as England, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta, dates for these games are....

2016

Malta away - Sunday 4th September  ko 7.45pm, several members have flights and accommodation booked for this trip. Possibility of a bus being booked to pick up from hotels to game and back may be arranged, suggestions welcome.

Lithuania home – Saturday 8TH October ko 7.45pm.

Slovakia away – Tuesday 11th October  ko 7.45pm, again several  members have already booked flights and accomodation for this game.

England away – Friday 11th November ko 7.45pm, bus for this game is almost full (45 confirmed), Stan Sommers has indicated a price of approx.  £145 per person for bus and accommodation (B & B), deposits of £50 per person are required now. Bus will leaving on Thursday 10th Nov and returning on Saturday 12th Nov.

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm.

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm.

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm.

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm.

Slovenia away – Sunday 8th October ko 5.00pm.

ATAC Meeting 6th Dec 2015 – there has been no feedback as yet, meeting was scheduled to be held in Edinburgh but FRB closure made attendance difficult.

Social Events – KoFTA Children`s Party will be take place in The Phoenix(Upstairs Lounge) after today`s meeting between 2 and 4 pm, 27 kids are expected to be there.

Any Other Business – A card on behalf of KoFTA was sent to members Allan and Audrey McAndrew whose son Ross died suddenly last month, our thoughts are with Allan and Audrey at this sad time.

SSC memberships are up for renewal again.

There is a possibility Scotland may have a Friendly Match in March, hopefully something will be announced soon.

There are still 15 Polo shirts with the KoFTA Logo on them for sale, it was decided that proceeds from this sale will go to fund for Sean McTague.

Date of Next Meeting – Sunday 10th January 2016 in The Phoenix, Glenrothes.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 13.35pm.

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00 on Sunday 1st November 2015

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Meeting Commenced at 13.05pm - The Chairman, John Strachan Sen. called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

 

In Attendance (8 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen. Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed, Allan McAndrew, Gerry McTague, Adam Wood,  James Black.

Apologies (2 members) – Stan Sommers, John Thornton.

 

 

Approval of Minutes – Minutes of 4th October 2015 meeting were read by Chairman John Strachan. Minutes were proposed as true record by Ian Speed and seconded by Adam Wood.

EURO 2016 Comments – All present were in agreement that the 1-0 defeat away to Georgia caused us most damage, also in both games against Poland we were ahead only to finish up drawing both and in both games against Germany we managed to draw level only to end up losing them. Most were happy to see manager Gordon Strachan extend his contract for another two years and hopefully take us to Russia in 2018.

WORLD CUP 2018 - Scotland were drawn in the same group as England, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta, dates for these games are....

2016

Malta away - Sunday 4th September  ko 7.45pm, already a lot of members are booked up for this one

Lithuania home – Saturday 8TH October ko 7.45pm

Slovakia away – Tuesday 11th October  ko 7.45pm, some members have already booked up for this game.

England away – Friday 11th November ko 7.45pm, we are planning to run a bus to this game, names are being taken now(24 confirmed), Stan Sommers has indicated a price of £145 per person for bus and accommodation, it is planned to travel down on Thursday 10th Nov and returning on Saturday 12th Nov, more details on this will be available soon.

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm, some members have booked up for this trip

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm

Slovenia away – Sunday 8th October ko 5.00pm, again there are members booked up for this trip.

ATAC Meeting – The next scheduled meeting is 6th December 2015 in Edinburgh, as our Secretary John Callaghan is unable to make it Allan McAndrew has agreed to attend instead. One of our members asked if more games could be scheduled for a Saturday.

Social Events – Children`s Xmas party will be held in The Phoenix, Glenrothes on Sunday 13th December 2015 from 2pm – 4pm. The party will be for children and grandchildren who are of Primary School age or younger, forms for this are available now from The Secretary. Once again members will get up to £15 per child upon receipt being supplied to Club Committee.

Question was asked if there would be a possibility of going to a Newcastle or Sunderland match as was done a year or two previously, this would be looked into and something may be arranged if enough interest shown.

The Chairman asked the forum if it would be worthwhile contacting another TA to see if a pool, darts, dominoes day out could be arranged, most agreed it sounded like a good idea, again something may be arranged if enough interest shown.

Any Other Business – Application was made by five people to join KoFTA namely James Ovenstone, Neil Anderson, Scott Taylor, Jay Ireland and Allan Trolland, all applications were accepted by those present and letters to that effect will be sent to the applicants by Club Sectretary John Callaghan in due course.

Resignations were accepted from four members, Derek White, Fred Dundas, Andrew Ednie  and Ian Gartshore.

Club Secretary John Callaghan was approached by a member in Shettleston Club prior to the Poland match and asked why the bus he was on had more pick up points than the other, John pointed out that both buses had 4/5 pick ups and not a case of favouring one bus over the other.

Date of next meeting – The next meeting will be held in The Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes on Sunday 13th December 2015 at 1.00pm prior to the children`s Xmas party.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 13.35pm.

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00pm on Sunday 4th October 2015

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Meeting commenced at 13.08.

The 14 Members present were :  John Strachan snr, John Callaghan, Fred Sutherland, Jim Black, Allan McAndrew, Ian Speed, Stan Sommers, Gary Sommers, Dougie Swindells, James Sutherland, John Johnstone, Willie Duncan, John Thornton and Adam Wood

Apologies were received from 2 members : Charlie Ewen, and David Yeates

The chairman, John Strachan senior, called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

He then advised that he had some sad news as Tony Travers, who was a long time member of the club and a friend to many had sadly passed away this week. There will be a Humanist service held at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on 8th October 2015 at 9.30am and all members are welcome.  John advised that many people would be turning up with kilts and some with football tops as it would be something that Tony would have liked.

The chairman then proceeded to read the minutes of last month meting.

The minutes were proposed by Gary Sommers and seconded by Ian Speed.

EURO DRAW 2014

Poland match 8th October 2015

It was agreed that a minutes or applause will be held at the Shettleston Club on the day of the match as a sign of respect for Tony.

Anyone not sure of their pick-up time for the bus should contact the club secretary John Callaghan or another member of the committee.

Jim Black will be in charge of the late bus.

Gibraltar away match 11th October 2015

John Strachan, Club Chairman, advised that anyone going in his group should contact him for pick-up times.

When members get to the airport in Portugal they should look out for someone with a sign with the name “Mr Strachan” on it, who will take them to their apartment / villa.

World Cup Draw

The Club chairman, John Strachan, advised that amessome people had already booked for the Malta and Lithuania.

Anyone interested in going to the England game should advise the club treasurer, Stan Sommers or Club chairman John Strachan so that we can plan transport and lodgings.

Stan has already been in contact with the hotel in Watford where members stayed at the last Friendly match with England, but it is too early to book the rooms at present.

It is planned to travel down on Thursday 10th November 2016 and return back on Saturday 12th November 2016.

ATAC Meeting

 The club secretary, John Callaghan, supplied an update of the recent ATAC meeting.

He advised that ATAC were trying to regenerate the meetings as enthusiasm had dropped.

It would appear that more Tartan Army clubs are now wishing to join.

At this latest meeting it was decided to create an interim committee until the AGM in April.

It was also proposed that the membership a club should pay would be reduced to £25 per annum. Stan Sommers, club treasurer advised that he would issue John with a cheque to cover the membership before the next ATAC meeting, which will take place in December.

John advised that there was also discussion on allowing supporters, who were not members of a Tartan Army club to join as individuals for an annual fee of £2.

John advised that one of the reasons for regenerating the ATAC was that there are now more Supporter groups, associated to club teams, being set up and ATAC wanted to ensure that they still had a strong voice in the communications and decision making of the SFA and SSC.

John advised that Allan McAndrew would be the second KOFTA representative at the ATAC meetings and John’s back-up when he is unable to attend.

John also said that it had been decided to ask members on their opinions on how the SFA should handle the distribution of tickets if/when Scotland qualify for France.

One suggestion was that 10% should be held back for those with 1, 2 or no points and public sales.

Following this, a discussion arose about the allocation of points and one proposal was that, consideration should be given to members who travelled to away games, but were unable to get tickets from the SFA, provided they supplied proof of the journey.

Another was that 100% Pick-up should be implemented, to prevent people ordering tickets to get the points but not actually going to the games e.g. hundreds of tickets were ordered for the Georgia game, but the people who ordered them did not go to the match, and this could have prevented others who did want to go to the game from being able to attend.

 

Social Events

Etween bThe children’s Xmas Party will be held upstairs at the Phoenix on Sunday 13th December 2015, between 2pm-4pm.

The party will be for children and grand children of members who are of primary school age or younger.

The club secretary will issue forms for members to fill in on the bus to the Poland game and at the next meeting. Once again members will get up to £15 per child upon receipt being supplied to the club committee.

The club chairman said he will speak to Martin, who arranged for Santa to appear last year, and see if he can have a word in Santa’s ear and arrange for him to return again this year. 

A.O.B

John Noone (Manager Phoenix bar) still has some sponsored polo shirts left (sizes to be advised). A payment of £5.00 per shirt will be taken and the monies donated to charity.

The chairman also advised that if Scotland qualified for a third place play-off then members would need to be quick in applying for tickets and organising the away trip.

John Thornton asked if better music could be organised for the Shettleston Club on the day of the Poland game.

The next meeting will be held in the Phoenix Bar on Sunday, 1st November 2015 at 1pm (NB this is a week earlier than normal).

The meeting was closed at 13.47.               

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00pm on Sunday 6th September 2015

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

In Attendance (10 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen. Charlie Ewen, Fred Sutherland, Ian Speed, Gary Sommers, W Mc, Dougie Swindells, James Black, Willie Duncan.

Apologies (3 members) – Adam Wood, Craig Ewen.

 

Approval of Minutes – Minutes of 8th August 2015 meeting were read by Chairman John Strachan. Minutes were proposed as true record by Gary Sommers and seconded by Fred Sutherland.

EURO 2016 Qualifiers

Georgia v Scotland on Friday 4th September KO 5pm – feedback was a poor performance from Scotland, probably the worst so far under Gordon Strachan, this result could in effect cost us third place and a play off place.

Scotland v Germany at Hampden Park on Monday 7th September KO 7.45pm – there are 2 early buses and 1 late bus booked for this game, 91 on early buses and 15 on late bus going plus another 12 returning after the game. The early buses will be stopping at Shettleston Juniors Social Club for a few beers before the game. John Callaghan has a list of names and pick up points/times for this match.

Scotland v Poland at Hampden Park on Thursday 8th October KO 7.45 pm – 1 early bus and 1 late bus are booked for this match, 75 on early bus and 12 on late bus plus another 13 returning after the game.  The early bus will be stopping at Shettleston Juniors Social Club for some alcohol refreshments prior to the game. Again John Callaghan has a list of names and pick up points/times for this match.

Gibraltar v Scotland in Faro(Portugal) on Sunday 11th October KO 7.45pm – A good number of members are going to Portugal for this match. A bus is being organised in Portugal to take members  to the game, John Callaghan is taking names for this now.  Polo shirts for this game have now been ordered at cost of £15 each, money for these is being collected now.

WORLD CUP 2018 DRAW – the draw for this was made on 25th July, Scotland were drawn in the same group as England, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta, dates for these games are....

2016

Malta away - Sunday 4th September  ko 7.45pm, already a lot of members are booked up for this one

Lithuania home – Saturday 8TH October ko 7.45pm

Slovakia away – Tuesday 11th October  ko 7.45pm

England away – Friday 11th November ko 7.45pm, we are planning to run a bus to this game, names are being taken now, Stan Sommers has indicated a price of £145 per person for bus and accommodation, more details on this will available soon.

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm

 

Social Events – none brought up at this meeting

 

Any Other Business – Sponsored Polo shirts are available from The Phoenix owner John Noone at a price of £5 each.

 

The next meeting will be on Sunday 4th October 2015 at 13.00pm in The Phoenix, Glenrothes.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 13.50pm

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00pm on Saturday 8th August 2015

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

In Attendance (11 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen. Charlie Ewen, Stan Sommers, Alan McAndrew, Fred Sutherland, Ian Speed, John Strachan Jnr. Gary Sommers, Adam Wood, John F Thornton.

Apologies (3 members) – Gerry McTague, Craig Ewen, Robbie Strachan.

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 12.35pm.

Approval of Minutes – Minutes of 7th June 2015 meeting were read by Chairman John Strachan. Minutes were proposed as true record by Stan Sommers and seconded by Gary Sommers.

EURO 2016 Qualifiers

Georgia v Scotland on Friday 4th September KO 5pm – as yet there are no members booked to go on this trip. It has been suggested however that a bus could be organised to go to Cowdenbeath to watch this game in one of the pubs there, John Strachan will contact Craig Watson to see if something  can be organised.

Scotland v Germany at Hampden Park on Monday 7th September KO 7.45pm – there are 2 early buses and 1 late bus booked for this game, 91 on early buses and 15 on late bus going plus another 12 returning after the game. The early buses will be stopping at Shettleston Juniors Social Club for a few beers/nips before the game. John Callaghan has a list of names and pick up points/times for this match.

Scotland v Poland at Hampden Park on Thursday 8th October KO 7.45 pm – 1 early bus and 1 late bus are booked for this match, 75 on early bus and 12 on late bus plus another 13 returning after the game.  The early bus will be stopping at Shettleston Juniors Social Club for some alcohol refreshments prior to the game. Again John Callaghan has a list of names and pick up points/times for this match.

Gibraltar v Scotland in Faro(Portugal) on Sunday 11th October KO 7.45pm – A good number of members are going to Portugal for this match. A bus is being organised in Portugal to take members  to the game, John Callaghan is taking names for this now. Anyone wanting Polo shirts for this game should contact John now so that these can be available in time.

 

 WORLD CUP 2018 DRAW – the draw for this was made on 25th July, Scotland were drawn in the same group as England, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta, dates for these games are....

2016

Malta away - Sunday 4th September  ko 7.45pm, already a lot of members are booked up for this one

Lithuania home – Saturday 8TH October ko 7.45pm

Slovakia away – Tuesday 11th October  ko 7.45pm

England away – Friday 11th November ko 7.45pm, we are planning to run a bus to this game, names are being taken now, Stan Sommers has indicated a price of £145 per person for bus and accommodation.

2017

Slovenia home – Sunday 26th March ko 7.45pm

England home – Saturday 10th June ko 5pm

Lithuania away – Friday 1st September ko 7.45pm

Malta home – Monday 4th September ko 7.45pm

Slovakia home – Thursday 5th October ko 7.45pm

Slovenia away – Sunday 8th October ko 5pm

 

Social Events – Tam Allan is doing a sponsored walk in September to raise funds for one of our club members Sean McTague, sponsor sheets are available in The Phoenix and will also be available on the buses to the Germany game.

 

Any Other Business – Sponsored Polo shirts are available from The Phoenix owner John Noone at a price of £5 each.

Applications for Club Membership have been received from 4 applicants – Gavin Deas, Claire Syzynski, Chris Balfour and David Keir.

Renewals have been received from Colin and Ryan Syzynski – all applications and renewals have been approved and all will be notified in due course.

 

The next meeting will be on Sunday 6th September 2015 at 1.30pm in The Phoenix, Glenrothes.

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00pm on Sunday 7th June 2015

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

Meeting commenced at 13.07.

The 11 Members present were :  John Strachan snr, John Callaghan, Fred Sutherland, Jim Black, Gerry McTague, Allan McAndrew, Ian Speed, Stan Sommers, Gary Sommers, Dougie Swindells and Adam Wood

Apologies were received from 3 members : John Thornton, Charlie Ewen, and David Yeates

The chairman called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

Adam Wood agreed to take minute for meeting, in place of Minute Secretary, who was on holiday.

The chairman apologised for the fact that due to the Minute Secretary’s absence there was no copy of the last month minutes to read out.

EURO DRAW 2014

Germany and Poland matches

The Club Secretary advised that there were two buses booked for each of these home games which take place on  Monday 7th September 2015 (Germany) and Thursday 8th October 2015 (Poland)

Anyone wishing to travel on one of these buses, which are almost full should contact a committee member. Any seats still available one month before the game will be offered to non-members on a first come, first served basis.

Stan Sommers, Club Treasurer advised that Moffat and Williams had advised him that new regulations meant that there could no longer be pickups at the slip roads.

It was felt that this would not be a major problem as there were sufficient areas near our normal collection points where we could park e.g supermarket car parks.

It was agreed that the Shettleston Club will be booked for the Germany and Poland early buses.

Georgia and Gibraltar away matches

It was stated that nobody had yet booked up to go to Georgia.

John Strachan, Club Chairman, asked that anyone going to the Gibraltar game let him know their time of arrival so that he can organise pickups from the airport. He also advised that all monies had to be paid by the September meeting.

 

Sponsored Polo Shirts

John Noone (Manager Phoenix bar) advised that the polo shirts being supplied by Carling were now in production and it was hoped to have them by week ending 12th June 2015.

It was agreed that a payment of £5.00 per shirt would be taken and the monies donated to charity.

 

Republic of Ireland trip

The Club Secretary, John Callaghan, advised that the pickup times for the bus leaving on 12th June 2015 for the Dublin game would be as follows:

Dunns, Glenrothes - 6am for 6.15am departure.

Snooker Club, Glenrothes – 6.15am for 6.30am departure.

Morrison’s, Cowdenbeath – 6.45am for 7am departure. 

It was expected that we would arrive at the ferry terminal about 11.30am  and arrive at the hotel about 4pm.

The bus will then take members into Dublin at about 5pm if required but members will have to make their own way back to the hotel.

On the Saturday the bus will leave the hotel at 10am for Dublin and will collect members after the game at 8pm.

Members can either get dropped off at Dublin centre after the game, but will have to make their own way back to the hotel later, or they can go back to the hotel.

 The bus will leave the hotel to return back to Glenrothes on Sunday 14th June 2015 at 11.30am and the ferry will leave at 3pm.

John asked that everyone going on the trip be aware that there was a “strictly no alcohol bottles, glasses and cans on bus” rule as laid down by the bus company. However, if anyone wants to take drink for consumption after we arrived at the hotel this can be stored in the hold of the bus.

 

There will be pit stops on route to stretch legs but where and when has still to be decided.

Stan is going to copy sheets showing directions to hotel and also agenda for visit, which will be handed out on the bus.  

It was also advised that members should take their passports or drivers licence if no passport available.

There is a possibility that one member may pull out and John Callaghan advised that if someone wanted to swop with them then they would need to contact him urgently. Otherwise, he person would there may also be an admin charge.

A.O.B

Scott Watson was advised to find out which members, from Cowdenbeath needed a return only seat for the Germany and Poland games.

The next meeting will be held in the Phoenix Bar on Sunday, 9th August 2015 at 1pm.

The meeting was closed at 13.48.                                       

 

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                   

 13:00pm on Sunday 17th May 2015

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Sunday 17th May 2015 in Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes

In Attendance (7 members) – John Strachan Sen., Charlie Ewen, Adam Wood, Gerry McTague, Robert Low, Jim Black, Ian Speed.

Apologies (2 members) – John Callaghan, John Thornton.

Approval of Minutes – Minutes of 8th March 2015 meeting were read by Chairman John Strachan. Minutes were proposed as true record by Adam Wood and seconded by Ian Speed.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.10pm.

EURO 2016 Qualifiers

Republic of Ireland v Scotland – Saturday 13th June 2015 in Dublin ko 5pm.   51 members and guests now travelling to Dublin,all travel , hotel and room sharing arrangements have been made, pick up will be The Phoenix, The Snooker Club Glenrothes and Morrisons Car Park Cowdenbeath.  pick up times will be advised in due course, bus is booked on the 11.30am Ferry on Friday 12th June and return Ferry on Sunday 14th June at 15.30pm.  Polo Shirts and Jackets are all ordered and should be ready in time.

   Alcohol is strictly forbidden on the bus at all times

Georgia v Scotland – Friday 4th September 2015. There are currently no members travelling to this match as getting back in time for match v Germany the following Monday is an issue. There is a possibility this game may be played behind closed doors although this has still to be confirmed.

Scotland v Germany – Monday 7th September 2015 at Hampden Park. Two buses are booked for this game, names are being taken now.

Scotland v Poland – Thursday 8th October 2015 at Hampden Park.  Two buses are booked for this game, names are being taken now. -

Gibraltar v Scotland – Sunday 11th October 2015 in Faro, Portugal. A good number of members are travelling for this game. John Strachan Sen. indicated that another apartment may be available at the villa where a number of members are staying, John will have more information for the next meeting.

Friendly Match

Scotland v Qatar – Friday 5th June 2015 at Easter Road Stadium ko 7.45pm.  One bus has been booked for this game, names are being taken now. Pick up points and times will be advised as soon as possible.

Social Events - There are no Social Events to report as yet although it has been suggested there may be a possibility of a trip to a Sunderland or Newcastle match could be arranged for next season.

Any Other Business – Sponsored Polo Shirts, John Noone(owner of The Phoenix) has advised that they are now ready, John Callaghan will sort out and distribute soon.
 

The next meeting will be on Sunday 7th June 2015 in The Phoenix, Glenrothes. This is a week earlier than normal so that the trip to Dublin can be finalised.

 

The Chairman closed the meeting at 13.35pm

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Annual General Meeting                 

 13:00pm on Sunday 19th April 2015

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

The meeting was called to order at 13.05pm by Chairman John Strachan Sen.

In attendance (13 members) – John Strachan Sen., Charlie Ewen, Stan Sommers, Ian Speed, John Thornton, Craig Ewen, John Strachan Jnr., James Black, Dougie Swindells, Gary Sommers, David Yeats, Adam Wood, Allan McAndrew.

 Apologies (2 members) – Gerry McTague, John Callaghan.

Minutes of Annual General Meeting 20th April 2014 – Chairman John Strachan Sen. read the minutes of the AGM 20th April 2014. These were proposed as “true” by  Stan Sommers and seconded by Gary Sommers.

Chairman`s Remarks –  Chairman(John Strachan Sen) thanked all Members for their  support during the year and for electing him again, he also thanked the rest of the Committee for their help as well, and by adding how much he enjoyed the role of being Chairman.

Secretary`s Report –  Secretary John Callaghan was unable to attend the AGM, in John`s absence Chairman John Strachan Sen. read out The Secretary`s Report.

“Fellow Members – I would again like to thank all Members for re-electing me as your Secretary at the last AGM, I hope I have fulfilled my duties to your satisfaction, I will soon know. I have thoroughly enjoyed my year as Secretary.

 Can I begin with thanking all the Committee and all the Members for the support you have shown me throughout the year.

The KoFTA Google Group, although still in existence has rather dried up as a medium of communication, very few if any members have looked at the recent posts I made so I have stopped posting thereon. However, our KoFTA Facebook page, available to all KoFTA members who are on Facebook, is now well used to keep members informed and interaction between members. We have 53 members signed up to our Facebook page, if any member is on Facebook and wishes to join our page please send me a Friends Request and I will include them.

Can I also thank Gerry McTague for managing our KoFTA Website and keeping it up to date.

Scotland Manager Gordon Strachan, continues to produce a vast improvement in the teams performances and results. We are in a good position to qualify for the  Euros in France and I am sure we will all support the team all the way to Paris in the forthcoming year.

I continue to be a Committee Member of The Association of Tartan Army Clubs, however, there have been very few meetings this year but there continues to be meetings and dialogue between ATAC and the SFA/SSC.

Our Meetings venue, here in The Phoenix, is an excellent venue and we continue to be supported by John Noone the owner, and I would like to extend my thanks to him for his continued support. John is in the process of accessing sponsored Polo shirts and these should be available soon.

The Children`s Xmas Party was again a success with all the children who attended having a great time. Can I extend my thanks to Kerry`s Kid`s Disco for providing the entertainment and keeping all the children in the mood of expectation. My thanks also go to my caterer, to Santa Claus for making such a prompt appearance and to all Santa`s helpers who helped me and Santa out on the day.

It is the hope of The Committee that more members will attend our Monthly Meetings and our Social Functions in the coming year. Attendance at our monthly meetings still disappoints, although there has been an improvement in attendances this year. It would be nice to see this trend continuing with our members attending at least a couple of meetings in the forthcoming year.

There are now 98 members of KoFTA on my list which includes 6 new members this year, and we  have a further 7 applications today, the list also includes 4 Associate Members and 3 Junior Members.

This has been a summary of a very busy but enjoyable year as Secretary of the Kingdom o’ Fife Tartan Army and once again can I thank you all for your assistance in the past year. Along with you all I look forward to the last few qualifiers with hope and confidence in our qualification for France 2016”.   John Callaghan.

The Secretary`s Report was proposed for Adoption by Adam Wood and seconded by John Thornton.

Treasurers Report – Treasurer Stan Sommers produced the Annual Income and Expenditure report which once again indicated that the Accounts were in a healthy position. Stan gave a full breakdown of Income and Expenditure which are summarised as thus.

Income

Members Dues – Up £40.00, although we lost some members we also gained new members as well.

Bus Fares – Up £1569.00 as we took more non-members to games than we have done in any other year since KoFTA was formed.

Football Cards – Up £60.00 on last year, Stan thanked everyone who sold cards on buses and clubs we visit. Another batch of 100 has been purchased which will be used over the coming months/years.

Casino Night - £369.00 raised from Casino Night held in The Phoenix, Stan thanked everyone who supported this event, special thanks to John Noone for his hospitality on the night and to Lomond Vics FC for doing the races.

Expenditure

Coach Hire – Down £1030.00, we have run 11 buses over the last year but at end of this financial year we have only been Invoiced for 8. We have since been Invoiced for the other 3 buses (£1155.00) which will appear in next year`s accounts. Driver`s tips which vary depending on the size of the bus were down £15.00 on last year.

Kids Xmas Party – Up £2.98p to £542.98p, 22 kids attended. Stan commented this was money well spent as hopefully some of these kids would be future members of KoFTA.

Sean McTague Donation – It was agreed at our last meeting (8thMarch 2014) to make a donation of £500.00 to Sean, this remains in club funds at the moment as discussed with the McTague family at the fundraising event held for Sean in The Phoenix last month.

Secretary`s Expenses – A motion was passed at last year`s AGM to reimburse John Callaghan for any expenditure he has incurred on Ink Cartridges, paper, stamps, etc, a figure of £100.00 was agreed.

Stan commented – “ In closing I would like to thank all members of this club for making this another successful year as the figures show, and for having the confidence in me by allowing me to be your Treasurer this past year, it has been a great privilege to serve you once again. My position is made much easier by the other members of The Committee, especially our Secretary John who works tirelessly for this club, I thank everyone for doing a great job”.

“ It really is a pleasure for me to have been Treasurer for this club since the day it was formed and I would love nothing better than to be given the opportunity to carry out these duties(ifnominated)for the for the forthcoming year”.

“ Again I would like to thank every one of you for your continued support, and for making this club the success it is today, after all if we didn`t have YOU the members, we wouldn`t have KoFTA.  Thank you”.  Stan Sommers

The Treasurer`s Report was proposed for Adoption by Adam Wood and seconded by Gary Sommers.

The Election of Office Bearers – The Chairman announced that the Committee would now stand down and a New Committee would be voted in.

Gary Sommers proposed the Committee be re-elected, this was seconded by Adam Wood.

John Strachan Sen. John Callaghan, Stan Sommers and Charlie Ewen all agreed to continue.

Website Co-ordinator – Gerry McTague

Pub / Local Reps – The following people were elected and will form the rest of the Committee for the forthcoming year.

Snooker Club – Garry Sommers

Wotherspoons / Phoenix – Ian Speed

Dixon Arms – George Armstrong

Cowdenbeath – Craig Watson

These were all proposed by John Strachan and seconded by Stan Sommers.

Any Other Business – Fundraising Night for Sean McTague, a considerable amount was raised on night for Sean, this was well received by the McTague family who have sent a thank you card to KoFTA in appreciation.

Website – Thanks were expressed to Gerry McTague for keeping the Website up to date, especially so considering his family circumstances in the past year.

Items for Sale – these are now all but closed out.

Shettleston Club – A few members had complained about slow service at the club on the last couple of occasions we had stopped off prior to games at Hampden against Northern Ireland and Gibraltar. John Strachan Sen. called the club to discuss the complaints and was given an apology from Shettleston Secretary Ashley McCulloch, she said on the day of the Gibraltar game they had difficulty in getting enough catering and bar staff to cover, she also told John this was being addressed for future and hopefully this wouldn`t happen again.

Dublin Bus – Times for the bus leaving for the Rep.of Ireland v Scotland in June had still to be confirmed, this will be done by time of next meeting on 17th May 2015.

New Members – Seven applications have been received from persons who wish to join KoFTA, these were accepted and should go through in time for next meeting, applicants are David Lapsley, Bryan Lapsley, Alan Paterson, Steven Dick, Matthew Innes, Mark Walkingshaw and Drew MacLoed.

Scotland v Quatar – Friday 6th June 2015 at Easter Road, names are being taken now for early and late bus.

Scotland v Germany – Monday 7th September 2015 at Hampden Park, names for early and late bus are being taken now.

Scotland v Poland – Thursday 8th October 2015 at Hampden Park, names for early and late bus are being taken now.

The Annual General Meeting closed at 14.15pm

The next meeting will take place in The Phoenix on Sunday 17th May at 13.00pm

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                               13:00pm on Sunday 8th March 2015

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

In attendance (11 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen, Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed, Adam Wood, Jim Black, Dougie Swindells, John Thornton,  Allan McAndrew, Stan Sommers, Fred Sutherland.

Apologies (3 members) –  Gerry McTague, John Strachan Jnr, Robbie Strachan.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the 8th February 2015 meeting  were unavailable due to a printing error, these minutes will now be read at KoFTA meeting in May.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.05pm

Euro 2016 Qualifiers – Home Games

Scotland v Gibraltar – Sunday 29th March 2015 at Hampden Park ko 5pm. Two buses are booked for this game with a limited amount of seats still available, both buses will be stopping at Shettleston Juniors Social Club for pre-match refreshments before heading to Hampden Park.  Secretary John Callaghan has a list available of pick-up points and times. John Strachan Sen. will contact Shettleston Club to advise numbers and time of arrival.

Scotland v Germany – Monday 7th September 2015 at Hampden Park ko 7.45pm. Names for this game are being taken now.

Scotland v Poland – Thursday 8th October 2015 at Hampden Park ko 7.45pm. Names for this game can also be taken  now.

Euro 2016 Qualifiers – Away Games

Republic of Ireland – Saturday 13th June 2015 in Dublin at 5pm. Bus for this trip is full, all travel and hotel arrangements have been made, John Callaghan has list of names for bus, pick-up points, times and room sharing. Polo shirts and jackets specially made for this game can be made available, John Callaghan has started a list of names, anyone wanting name to this list should contact John as soon as possible, money will be collected at the AGM in April.

** Please note – Alcohol  is strictly forbidden on the bus **

Georgia v Scotland – Friday 4th September 2015.  No confirmations as yet of any of our members going, main issue seems to be getting in and back home again in time for the game v Germany on the following Monday night. The question was asked if there was a possibility of a big screen being set up in The Phoenix so that members can meet up and watch the game there. John Strachan will discuss with The Phoenix owner John Noone to see if something can be done.

Gibraltar v Scotland – Saturday 11th October 2015 in Faro Portugal. Several of our members have made arrangements for this trip as Faro is easily accessible with plenty of accommodation available in the area.

Friendly Match

Scotland v Northern Ireland – Wednesday 25th March 2015 at Hampden Park ko 7.45pm. There is only One bus travelling to this game leaving at 1pm and heading to Shettleston Club again for pre-match refreshments. John Callaghan has list of names and pick-up points/times. Anyone still wanting to go should contact John asap.

Social Events

A social evening is being held in aid of Sean McTague who is still in hospital as a result of a serious assault which took place in early June of last year, this is taking place on Friday 20th March in The Phoenix, Glenrothes.  A band who will play free of charge has been lined up play, there will also be a raffle with some top prizes up for grabs. Secretary Stan Sommers suggested KoFTA kicked things off with a  £500 donation, this was unanimously agreed by all present at the meeting. John Strachan advised tickets priced at £5 was all but sold out.

Any Other Business

Sponsored Polo shirts are now available to order, an initial batch of 50 are being made and John Callaghan needs sizes required as soon as possible.

New Member Application was made by Stephen Stewart, this was approved by those present at the meeting. Stephen will be notified by John Callaghan of his successful application.

AGM – this was provisionally set for Sunday 12 April 2015, at the request of some members who will be unable to attend on that date decision was made to move it back a week to 19th April 2015

The next meeting will be The AGM, this will take place in The Phoenix, Glenrothes on Sunday 19th April 2015 at 13.00pm. A Committee Meeting will be held at 12.30pm prior to The AGM.

The meeting closed at 13.47pm

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                               13:00pm on Sunday 8th February 2015

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Meeting commenced at 13.12.

The 11 Members present were :  John Strachan snr, John Callaghan, Bob Low, Jim Black, Gerry McTague, Allan McAndrew, Derek Laing, Steven McNaught, Ian Speed, Robbie Strachan and Adam Wood

Apologies were received from 5 members : John Thornton, Charlie Ewen, Stan Sommers, Gary Sommers and Dougie Swindells

The chairman called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present.

Adam Wood agreed to take minute for meeting, in place of minute secretary.

The chairman then proceeded to read the minutes of the last meeting, which was held on 11th January 2015 at the Pheonix Bar.

The minutes were approved by Ian Speed and seconded by Gerry McTague.

EURO DRAW 2014

It was agreed that there was not much new to cover on this, that had not already been covered in the previous month’s minutes.

Anyone who requires a seat on the club buses, for any of these games, should contact the club secretary, John Callaghan, as soon as possible.

Friendly against Northern Ireland 

There will be two buses for this game and the club secretary advised that the early bus would leave Leven about 1pm and would pick up at the Phoenix about 1.30pm. Other pick up points and time will be advised at the next meeting.

Republic of Ireland trip

The club secretary asked that everyone going on the trip in June be aware that there was a “strictly no alcohol on bus” rule as laid down by the bus company.

There is one seat available on the bus, but no room at hotel.

Gerry McTague already has someone who will take up the seat and the club secretary is going to see if he can manage to get an extra room.

Polo shirts and Jackets

Anyone wishing to purchase a logoed polo shirt for the Republic of Ireland game and or a logoed jacket should contact a committee member, so that they pass the relevant information on to our Cowdenbeath members.

Payment needs to be made in advance and the polo shirts will cost £13 each and the jackets are £35 each.

You will need to advise the size you require and if you wish you name or nickname added you will also need to advise what it is.

John Noone the manager of the Phoenix Bar also advised that Carling have now placed an order for the production of KOFTA club polo shirts with the club, Phoenix and Carling logos on them.

It is hoped that they should be available by next month’s meeting and John said that there would be about 40-50 ordered.

Social Events

The chairman advised that a function to raise funds for Sean McTague would be held in the Phoenix on Friday 20th March 2015.

Sean has been in hospital since June last year, after being attacked on his way home from a night out at the Woodside Inn.

The group, who were playing at the Woodside Inn that evening, have agreed to play for nothing and John Noone has also offered the use of the upstairs function room at the Phoenix for free.

The price of the tickets, for the function, will be £5 each and can be purchased from the chairman John Strachan or over the counter at the Phoenix Bar.

The hall will hold about 120 people.

Donations of either money or items for the raffle, which will also be held that night, would be much appreciated.

Steven McNaught advised that his wife had a beauty salon and he would try to arrange some vouchers for the raffle.

A.O.B.

There was no other business

A.G.M.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 1pm on Sunday 12th April 2015 at the Pheonix Bar.

The committee will meet at 12.30am before the meeting.

Any subject you wish to bring up at the meeting should be forwarded to the club secretary before the meeting so that they can be added to the agenda.

The next meeting will be held in the Phoenix Bar on Sunday, 8th March 2015 at 1pm.

The meeting was closed at 13.37.                                        

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                               13:00pm on Sunday 11th January 2015

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

In attendance (9 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen, Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed, Adam Wood, Jim Black, Dougie Swindells, John Thornton,  Allan McAndrew.

Apologies (3 members) – Stan Sommers, Gerry McTague, Ross McAndrew

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the 14th December  2014 meeting by Club Chairman John Strachan. Minutes were proposed as true record by Allan McAndrew and seconded by Jim Black

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.08pm

Euro 2016 Qualifiers – Home Games

Scotland v Gibraltar – Sunday 29th March 2015 at Hampden Park ko 5pm. Two buses are booked for this game with names being taken now, both buses will be stopping at Shettleston Juniors Social Club for pre-match refreshments before heading to Hampden Park.  The current planned departure times are as follows:

Leven – 10 .30am, Coaltown of Balgonie – 10.40am, Pheonix Bar – 10.45am, Dixon Arms – 11.00am

Please note that non-members will only be eligible to book a seat on the bus one month before the game, until then members will take priority.

Scotland v Germany – Monday 7th September 2015 at Hampden Park ko 7.45pm

Scotland v Poland – Thursday 8th October 2015 at Hampden Park ko 7.45pm

Euro 2016 Qualifiers – Away Games

Republic of Ireland – Saturday 13th June 2015 in Dublin at 5pm.   Secretary John Callaghan advised that bus for this game is now full although there was a possibility of one or two withdrawals.  Cost of this trip is £210 per person, all deposits of £55 per person had been paid and balance of £155 per person required to be paid by next KoFTA meeting on Sunday 8th February 2015

Room sharing has been sorted out, John Callaghan has a list available.

John requires a copy of the Passport Picture page of everyone going on the Club bus as soon as possible

He also need details of valid travel insurance which should include the Company name, Policy number and the emergency telephone number of the insurer.

John also urgently needs to know immediately of any special dietary requirements, if there are any special medical conditions e.g. Insulin controlled diabetes, where a fridge may be required to store the medication, also any disabilities or conditions that may have special requirements.

Allan McAndrew advised that he would look into group travel insurance.

Georgia v Scotland – Friday 4th September 2015.  No confirmations as yet of any of our members going.

Gibraltar v Scotland – Saturday 11th October 2015 in Faro Portugal. Several of our members have made arrangements for this trip. John Strachan advised that there were still some apartments available for which a £50.00 deposit is required, John also advised that he could make the arrangements for anyone interested, advising as well that Ian Robertson can organise pickups at the airport. 

Friendly Match

Scotland v Northern Ireland – Wednesday 25th March 2015 at Hampden Park ko 7.45pm.  Early and Late bus will be available for this game, venue for early bus, Shettleston Juniors Club / Rutherglen Glencairn Club / other has still to be confirmed, probably will be decided at February meeting.  Names are being taken for this game now.

Social Events

A social evening is still being discussed in aid of Sean McTague, this likely to take place sometime in February, probable venue being The Phoenix, Glenrothes.  A band who will play free of charge is being lined up for this event, there will also be a buffet and raffle.  Sean is still in hospital following a serious assault in June last year, he is showing some slight improvement but still a long road ahead yet.

Any Other Business

Sponsored Polo Shirts, a template of Club Logo is required by sponsors Carling for this to proceed, John Strachan to liaise with John Noone of The Phoenix to have this resolved.

Kids Xmas Party on Sunday 14th December was a success yet again, Adam Wood on behalf of those present thanked John Callaghan for organising everything, once again this was a big success with the kids(and big kids) enjoying themselves. Thanks also to John Noone of The Phoenix for providing the selection boxes and to Kerry`s Disco for providing the entertainment.

A.G.M – this will be held on Sunday 12th April 2015 at 13.00pm in The Phoenix, Glenrothes.  A Committee Meeting will take place prior to The A.G.M at 12.30pm

The next meeting will take place in The Phoenix, Glenrothes on Sunday 8th February 2015 at 13.00pm

The Meeting closed at 13.50pm

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                               13:00pm on Sunday 14th December 2014

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Meeting commenced at 12.52.

The 8 Members present were :

 John Strachan snr, John Callaghan, Stan Sommers, Jim Black, Gerry McTague, Allan McAndrew, Robbie Strachan and Adam Wood

Apologies were received from 3 members :

John Thornton, Charlie Ewen and David Yeats

The chairman called the meeting to order and apologised for the fact that there were no minutes to be read, from the last meeting, due to the minute secretary being unwell to attend the meeting.

Adam Wood agreed to take minute for meeting, in place of minute secretary.

1)      REPUBLIC OF IRELAND HOME GAME

All present agreed they enjoyed the game and that the Shettleston Club was a good starting point as the food and atmosphere, as well as the good service and friendliness of the staff, was of a high standard. 

It was suggested that the club should also be considered as a stop off point for future games.

2)      ENGLAND HOME GAME

The main topic of discussion was the high cost of the tickets, and all present agreed that the SFA had been disrespectful to the fans by charging so much. 

The good turnout for the games meant that we had to change the size of the buses at short notice, but it was advised that, due to our good relationship with the bus company, this had not been a problem.

It was also noted that some of the non-members who had attended the games had shown interest in joining the club.

3)      GIBRALTER HOME GAME

Third item on the agenda was the Gibraltar, which will take place on Sunday, 29th March  2015.

There will be two busses, and the current planned departure times are as follows:

Leven – 10 .30am, Coaltown of Balgonie – 10.40am, Pheonix Bar – 10.45am, Dixon Arms – 11.00am

We currently have 23 names for the early bus and anyone requiring a seat on the bus to the game should contact the committee. Once the details are known a decision will be made regarding the leaving time of the second bus.

Stan Sommers advised that the turnout for the game could be affected by the fact that some fans were holding a protest, about how the SFA were treating the fans, at Georges Square that day.

It was decided by those present that John Strachan snr. would book the Shettleston club for this trip.

Please note that non-members will only be eligible to book a seat on the bus one month before the game, until then members will take priority.

4)      REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AWAY GAME

The next item on the agenda was the Republic of Ireland game on Saturday, 13th June 2015.

It was advised that currently the bus was now full but there may be two withdrawals.

John Callaghan advised that the cost of the trip was £210.00 pp, and that all of the £55.00 deposits had been paid, except for three partial payments which were outstanding.        Those going to the game need to pay the remaining £155.00 by the KOFTA meeting on the 8th February 2015.

John also advised that he needed a copy of the Passport Picture page of everyone going on the club bus to the game as soon as possible.

He also need details of valid travel insurance which should include the Company name, Policy number and the emergency telephone number of the insurer.

John also urgently needs to know immediately of any special dietary requirements, if there are any special medical conditions e.g. Insulin controlled diabetes, where a fridge may be required to store the medication. Also any disabilities or conditions that may have special requirements.

Alan McAndrew advised that he would look into group travel insurance.

5)      GIBRALTER AWAY GAME

The Gibraltar game will be held in Faro, Portugal on 11th October 2015.

John Strachan advised that there were still some apartments available. A £50.00 deposit is required.

John Strachan advised that he could make the arrangements for anyone interested. He also advised that Ian Robertson can organise pickups at the airport.  

6)      NEW MEMBERS

There was one new application from Matthew Smillie and this was approved by those present.

Robbie Strachan also asked for more application forms and was advised that the applications can be made on-line through the KOFTA website.

7)      A.O.B.

 It was advised that the sponsored polo shirts was still on going but that Carling had agreed to sponsor them and that the club had to supply a template of the club logo.

It was suggested that for the ROI away game members may want to contact the members from Cowdenbeath to order shirts and jackets.

It was advised that after the meeting the children’s Xmas party would take place between 2-4pm.

Gerry McTague advised that he had discussed the suggestion that the club hold a fund raising night for Sean McTague, with Sean’s family, and they were happy for it to go ahead. It was agreed that this would be held early in 2015 (Possibly February as a Valentines night) and Gerry advised that we may be able to get a band, who will play free of charge. The committee will look into this.

The next meeting will be Sunday, 11th January 2015.

The meeting was closed at 13.40.                                        

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                               13:00pm on Sunday 19th October 2014

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

Sunday 19th October 2014 in Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes

In attendance (14 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen, Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed, Adam Wood, Jim Black, Dougie Swindells, John Thornton, Gary Sommers, Bob Lowe, Allan McAndrew, Robert McDermott, Gerry McTague, Robbie Strachan

Apologies (3 members) – Stan Sommers, David McDaid, David Yeats

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the 14th September 2014 meeting by Club Chairman John Strachan. Minutes were proposed as true record by Ian Speed and seconded by Gary Sommers.

Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Scotland v Georgia – Saturday 11th October 2014 at Ibrox Stadium, 2 buses  were booked in to The Neptune Club for a few refreshments before the game, mixed feedback, most members thought this was a good enough venue but one or two thought it was not really child friendly.  A 1-0 win gave us the 3 points we needed to get the campaign up and running. One negative was the disappointing crowd of just over 34,000, all agreed this was probably down to the SFA`s rip-off pricing policy !!

Poland v Scotland  - Tuesday 14th October 2014 in Warsaw, positive feedback for this trip, members agreed this was a good trip, no issues with flights/accommodation, Polish people were very friendly, the  match was played in an excellent stadium(puts Hampden to shame) with both sets of fans creating a good atmosphere,  a 2-2 being a decent result. Allan McAndrew who was on his first away trip with other KoFTA members said his fellow members made him feel very welcome.  All in all a good trip.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland – Friday 14th November at Celtic Park, KO 7.45PM. 2 buses are booked for this game, early bus leaving at 1pm is booked in to Shettleston Juniors FC  Social Club, John Callaghan will have times and pick up points, John has also indicated early bus is now full.  Later bus will be leaving at 5pm, seats are still available for this bus, again John will have list of pick up points and times available. Robert McDermott advised that a pre-match concert is being staged at The Barrowlands for anyone who was interested in going.

Scotland v Gibraltar – Sunday 29th March 2015 KO 5.00PM.  2 buses will be going to this game leaving at 11.00am, names for this game are being taken now.

Republic of Ireland v Scotland – Saturday 13th June 2015. Bus travelling to this match in Dublin is now full. Cost £210/person, deposit of £55/person is required now. Bus times and pick up points have still to be advised.  John Callaghan will do room pairings and would like to know in advance preference of whom each person would want to share a room with – CONFIDENTIALITY IS ASSURED

Friendly

Scotland v England – Tuesday 18th November at Celtic Park KO 7.45PM.  2 buses are booked for this game, early bus leaving at 1pm is booked in to Shettleston Juniors FC  Social Club, John Callaghan will have times and pick up points, Later bus will be leaving at 5pm, again John will have list of pick up points and times available.

Social Events

Event for Sean McTague – It was suggested KoFTA have a Social event in order to raise funds for Sean who is still recovering in hospital as a result of serious assault back in June. Sean`s brother Gerry will discuss this proposal with other family members. If this does go ahead date, location and ideas will be discussed in due course.

Any Other Club Business

Sponsored Shirts – This is still ongoing, John Noone of The Phoenix advised sponsors Carling awaiting KoFTA motif, this will be passed on to them and hopefully something resolved soon.

Children`s Party – This will take place in The Phoenix, Glenrothes on Sunday 9th December from 2pm to 4pm, entertainment will be provided by Kerry`s Disco, forms are available for those wanting to go, as last year KoFTA will subsidise presents up to £15/child.

New Member Application – 2 new applications for KoFTA membership have been received, Colin Black and Brian Cunningham have both now been approved.

KoFTA Flag – Robert McDermott advised that he is in custody of the KoFTA flag which he has taken to all Scotland away matches he has attended, all present were in agreement that Robert should continue to do this.

Georgia Away 2015 – Gary Sommers indicated he was keen to travel to Georgia for the game next year and wanted to know if anyone else was interested in going

The Meeting closed at 13.55pm

The next meeting will take place in The Phoenix Bar on Sunday 9th November 2014 at 13.00pm.

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                               13:00pm on Sunday 14th September 2014

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

September 14th  2014, at Pheonix

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.06.

In attendance (12 members)

John Strachan snr.,  John Callaghan, Adam Wood,  James Black,  Gerry McTague, Dougie Swindells, John Thornton, Allan McAndrew, Derek Laing, Ian Speed, Fred Sutherland and Stan Sommers.  

Apologies (4 members)

Gary Sommers, Charlie Ewen, Stevie McNaught and Stefan Laing.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the June 8th meeting by John Strachan (Chairman), as there was no meeting in July and not enough members turned up for the August meeting.

Minutes proposed as true records by Adam Wood  and seconded by Jim Black.

Polo Shirts

Chairman advised that John Noone of the Pheonix was still negotiating with the representatives of Carlsberg to supply shirts. However, if this was not successful John will supply shirts with the Pheonix logo and the KOFTA logo. John is hoping to speak to the rep. from Carlsberg in the next week or so and therefore we should have an answer by the next meeting.

Scotland v Germany – Sunday, September 7th 2014

Those present who went to the game advised that it was a good trip and all agreed it was good to come back with positives from the game.

It was stated that the Germans were good hosts, with a great stadium in which the atmosphere in the crowd was superb and there was no bother.   

Qualifiers 

Scotland V  Georgia - Saturday, October 11th 2014

We have booked 2 busses.

One bus will leave Leven at 10.15 am and will come via Coaltown of Balgonie, the Pheonix and then the Snooker club (leaving the Snooker club at 11.00 am)

The second bus will leave the Dixon Arms at 11.00 am, then pick up at Kirkcaldy at 11.10 am and Cowdenbeath at 11.25 am. 

 

They will then travel through to the Neptune bar Social Club in Glasgow.

 

It was pointed out that some members will miss the Georgia match as they will be traveling to the Poland game at the time.

 

Scotland V Republic of Ireland – Friday, November 14th 2014  

There will be an early bus and a late bus for this game    

The early bus will leave from Leven at 1.00 pm, Coaltown of Balgonie at 1.15 pm and Pheonix at 1.20 pm   

The late bus will leave approximately 5pm but route has still to be finalized.

 

Scotland V England – Tuesday, November 18th 2014

Arrangements still to be made regarding transport but we need to know as soon as possible the number of members who require transport to the game.

 

Republic of Ireland V Scotland - Saturday, June 13th 2015

Names still being taken. Bus will be booked to take members to Greenisle Hotel near Dublin, via Ferry,

The cost is £210.00  per person – this includes the bus, ferry and two nights bed and breakfast in the hotel.

A £55.00 per person deposit is required. Non-Members are now being accepted as reserving and guaranteeing hotel rooms is getting urgent.

Rooms will only be booked on payment of the deposit and will soon only be available if any left in the hotel.

 

Gibralter V Scotland 

John Strachan advised that Ian Robinson was looking at booking apartments in Portugal, for the game, at a cheap rate and if anyone is interested they should let John know.

John also said he would try and find out more for the next meeting

 

New members

Club Secretary, John Callaghan, advised that he had received a request for membership from Peter Strange and although there was no sponsors names on the application it was decided that as he was a member of the SSC he should be accepted.

 

A.O.B

The Club Secretary advised that the ATAC membership fee was now due for payment and that he thought we had also failed to pay last years. John explained how ATAC worked and it was agreed that we would continue as members and John will find out if we are due to pay one or two years fees and let the club treasurer, Stan Sommers know.

 

Derek Laing asked about alcohol on the busses and was advised that it was not allowed when travelling to home games.

John Callaghan said he would investigate what the situation would be with regards to the trip to Dublin. 

Next meeting   

The next meeting will take place at the Pheonix on October 19th , 2014 at 1.00pm, due to Georgia and Poland games taking place in the week we would normally hold the meeting.

 

Meeting closed at 14.00

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                               13:00pm on Sunday 8th June 2014

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

In attendance (7 members) – John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen, Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed, Adam Wood, Jim Black, Dougie Swindells.

Apologies (1 member) – John Thornton

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the 9th March 2014 meeting by Club Chairman. Minutes were proposed as true record by Adam Wood and seconded by Dougie Swindells.

Nigeria v Scotland – Wednesday 28th May 2014, Feedback was fairly positive(except for Scotland losing stoppage time equaliser!!), trains ran on time, hotels were fine, all in all good value for money.

Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Germany v Scotland – Sunday 7th September 2014, in Dortmund, already there are a few members booked up for this trip.

Scotland v Georgia – Saturday 11th October at Ibrox Stadium ko 5pm, early bus at 9.30am and later bus at 1.30pm, names are being taken for buses now.

Poland v Scotland – Tuesday 14th October 2014 in Warsaw, again there are a few members booked up for this trip.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland – Friday 14th November 2014 at Celtic Park ko 7.45pm, early bus at 1.30pm and later bus at 5pm, names for buses are also being taken now.

Republic of Ireland v Scotland – Sunday 13th June 2015 in Dublin, names for this match are now being taken. Estimated costs per person are : Bus approx. £45 (if full), Ferry approx. £40 plus 2 nights in Hotel near Dublin. A deposit of £45 per person is required. Members will have first option and any non-members wishing to go will be placed on a waiting list on a first come first served basis should there be any seats left on a date yet to be decided.

Social Events – A Race Night / Disco was held in The Phoenix Lounge, Glenrothes on Saturday 19th April, a good night was had by all and thanks was given to John Noone of The Phoenix who provided the venue free of charge.

Any Other Business

Scotland v England – there is a possibility this match could be scheduled for November 2014, if and when/where it takes place details will advised in due course.

Sponsored Polo Shirts – John Noone from The Phoenix Bar displayed a Polo Shirt supplied by the brewer Carling, it bore the motif of Carling and The Phoenix, the possibility of adding KoFTA motif as well is being looked into, hopefully we will have more information for the next meeting.

Secretary John Callaghan has received  applications from three people who wish to join KoFTA, Chairman John Strachan Sen. passed on another five applications, these will be processed for approval and names added to KoFTA list of members.

Recently three of our members were involved in an incident which left one of them seriously ill in hospital, it was suggested a card and flowers be sent to Sean McTague`s mother on behalf of KoFTA.

The Meeting closed at 13.40pm

The next meeting will take place in The Phoenix Lounge on Sunday 10th August 2014 at 13.00pm

 

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Annual General Meeting                 

 13:00pm on Sunday 20th April 2014

                              THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

                                   

The meeting was called to order at 13.04pm by Chairman John Strachan Sen.

In attendance (11 members) – Ian Sommers, John Callaghan, John Strachan Sen. Charlie Ewen, Stan Sommers, Ian Speed, Adam Wood, James Black, John Thornton, Gary Sommers, David Yeats.

Apologies – None

Minutes of Annual General Meeting 14th April 2013 – Chairman John Strachan Sen. read the minutes of the AGM 14th April 2013. These were proposed as “true” by  Gary Sommers and seconded by Stan Sommers.

Chairman`s Remarks – The Chairman(John Strachan Sen) thanked all Members for their  support during the year and for electing him again, he also thanked the rest of the Committee for their help as well, and by adding how much he enjoyed the role of Chairman.

Secretary`s Report – John Callaghan thanked all members for re-electing him at the last AGM, he also thanked the Committee and all members for their support during the last year and hoped he had fulfilled his duties to the satisfaction of everyone.

John advised that the KoFTA Google Group and KoFTA Facebook Page were well received by the members who have joined and would like to encourage more participation, currently there are 36 members signed up for our Facebook page. Anyone wishing to join either the Google Group or Facebook page should contact John and he will have them included.

John commented on the big improvement to Scotland`s results and performances under manager Gordon Strachan and hopefully this will continue into the forthcoming qualifiers for Euro 2016.

John continues to be on the Committee of The Association of Tartan Army Clubs(ATAC) attending their meetings, however, he did add that there were very few meetings as was the case the previous year.

The Children`s  Xmas party held in the Phoenix Upstairs Lounge, was again a big success with all the kids having a great time, John thanked everyone who helped make this such a great success.

On the subject of The Phoenix, John thanked the owner John Noone for his continued support, he also commented that is was an excellent venue for Kofta meetings.

There are now 91 members on Kofta list including 4 Associate Members and 2 Junior Members, John expressed that it was the hope of the Committee to see more numbers at our Monthly Meetings and attend any Social Functions in the coming year, he added that it would be nice if members could attend one or two meetings a year.

John summarised by saying that it had been a very busy but enjoyable year as Secretary of KoFTA and once again thanked everyone for their assistance in the past year and along with all members looked forward to the forthcoming qualifiers for Euro 2016.

The Secretary`s Report was proposed for Adoption by Gary Sommers and seconded by David Yeats.

Treasurer`s Report – Stan Sommers produced the annual Income and Expenditure report which again indicated that the accounts were in a healthy position, overall there was a deficit of £309 which was mainly due to drop in membership monies and increased cost of holding kids party,at this point Stan said it was the first time in 15 years KoFTA had made a loss. Stan commented that kids party was well worth the money as it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended – adults included!!

Stan made a proposal that Secretary John Callaghan should receive £100 to cover expenses incurred in attending ATAC meetings and and to cover any other expenses whilst on KoFTA duties, this was seconded by Gary Sommers.

The Treasurer indicated that a cheque of £100 to Poppy Scotland in September 2013 had not been cashed and this was a possible oversight on their behalf.

Stan pointed out that the Race Night / Disco held in The Phoenix on Saturday 19th April 2014 was not regarded as fundraiser but a Social evening for the membership, Stan also reminded everyone that KoFTA was a non-profit making club.

Stan concluded by thanking all members for their support and thanked the Committee for all their assistance as well and indicated he would be pleased to serve as Treasurer again if selected.

The Treasurer`s Report was proposed for Adoption by Adam Wood and seconded by John Strachan Sen.

 

The Election of Office Bearers – The Chairman announced that the Committee would now stand down and a New Committee would be voted in.

Gary Sommers proposed the Committee be re-elected, this was seconded by Adam Wood.

John Strachan Sen. John Callaghan, Stan Sommers and Charlie Ewen all agreed to continue.

Website Co-ordinator – Gerry McTague

Pub / Local Reps – The following people were elected and will form the rest of the Committee for the forthcoming year.

Snooker Club – Garry Sommers

Wotherspoons / Phoenix – Ian Speed

Dixon Arms – George Armstrong

Cowdenbeath – Craig Watson

These were all proposed by John Strachan and seconded by John Callaghan.

Any Other Business – John Strachan Sen. proposed that The Phoenix becomes a pick up point for KoFTA buses going to home games, this was seconded by Adam Wood. 

Social Functions – A Race Night/Disco was held in The Phoenix on Saturday 19th May, it was agreed a good night was had by all. The Chairman thanked all those who attended, also Lomond Vics who organised the horse racing, the DJ for providing the music and John Noone and his bar staff of The Phoenix who made sure the patrons were well looked after.

Website – no updates available at this time.      

KoFTA Items for sale – It was unanimously agreed by all that any polo shirts/mugs that were procured a few years ago should be donated to charity.

Polo Shirts – John Strachan sen. displayed a polo shirt which bore the motif of The Phoenix Bar, it was questioned if we could use this motif along with The KoFTA motif on polo shirts to sell to the membership, it was proposed by John Thornton and seconded by Stan Sommers that we invite John Noone to one of our monthly meetings to discuss if anything can be done.

Germany v Scotland – this is the first game in our attempt to qualify for EURO 2016 will be played in Dortmund on Sunday 7th September 2014, already there are a good number of members booked up for this trip,

Republic of Ireland v Scotland – Saturday 13th June 2015, Stan Sommers will get a price from Moffat and Williamson with the view to running a bus to this match next year, leaving Friday 12thJune and returning Sunday 14th June.

The Annual General Meeting closed at 13.52pm.

The next meeting will take place in The Phoenix on Sunday 11th May 2014

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                               13:00pm on Sunday 9th March 2014

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.05pm.

In attendance (11 members) - John Callaghan, Fred Sutherland, Dougie Swindells, Ian Speed, Jim Black, Charlie Ewen, John Strachan jnr, John Strachan sen, John Thornton, Adam Wood, Gerry McTague.

 

Apologies (3 members) – Stan Sommers, Ian Sommers, Gary Sommers  

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the 16th February 2014 meeting by the Club Chairman. Minutes proposed as true record by John Thornton and seconded by Adam Wood.

Poland v Scotland – was played in Warsaw on Wednesday 5th March 2014, feedback was, nice hotels, locals were friendly and plenty of pubs plus Scotland won 1-0. The stadium has capacity of around 60000 so we should receive a good allocation of tickets for Euro Qualifier in October.

Nigeria v Scotland – Wednesday 28th May 2014 at Craven Cottage, London. Unlikely KoFTA will be running a bus to this match. Train times have been checked out for this game, possibility is Tuesday 27th at 8.30am from Kirkcaldy returning Thursday 29th 9.00am from Kings Cross, fare for this is £45. One member has a deal of £142 for train and 2 nights in central London Hotel.

Euro 2016 – draw for this was made on Sunday 23rd February 2014, there are 4 games scheduled to be played this year

Germany v Scotland – Sunday 7th September, venue TBA

Scotland v Georgia – Saturday 11th October, kick off 5pm, venue TBA, times of bus / buses TBA, names for this will be taken now.

Poland v Scotland – Tuesday 14th October in Warsaw

Scotland v Republic of Ireland – Friday 11th November, kick off 7.45pm, venue TBA, times of bus / buses TBA, names for this can be taken now

Social Events – A Race Night / Disco / Buffet has been arranged for Saturday 19th April 2014 in the Phoenix Lounge, Glenrothes, tickets priced at £5 per person are now available.

Any Other Business – John Sibbald has resigned as a member of KoFTA, John has cited the dates for home games and work commitment as his main reasons for resigning

Date of Next Meeting – this will be the AGM on Sunday 20th April 2014 at 1pm in The Phoenix, Glenrothes.  Any member with an item they wish to be added to the Agenda for the AGM must submit it in writing to The Secretary two prior to the AGM.

A Committee meeting will be held prior to the AGM at 12.15pm.

Meeting closed at 13.45pm

 

 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                  13:00pm on Sunday 16th Febuary 2014

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

 

KOFTA Minutes

Sunday 16th February 2014 in Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.07pm.

In attendance (8 members)

Charlie Ewen, John Strachan Snr, Adam Wood, John Thornton, James Black, Gerry McTague, Ian Speed, John Callaghan.

Apologies – None

 

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the 12th January 2014 meeting by the Club Chairman. Minutes proposed as true record by Adam Wood and seconded by Ian Speed

Euro Draw – The draw for Euro 2016 Qualifiers takes place on Sunday 23rd February 2014, full details should be available for the March KOFTA meeting.

Poland v Scotland – This friendly match takes place in Warsaw on Wednesday 5th March 2014, there are a few members going, one or two have been selected to pick up their match tickets in Warsaw, feedback on this match at the next meeting.

Social Events – A fundraising evening has been arranged for Saturday 19th April 2014 in the Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes, race night / quiz / disco / buffet, tickets priced at £5 are available.

Any Other Business – We have received an invitation to Lomond United AFC 20th Anniversary Sportsman`s Dinner on Saturday 29th March 2014 at The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, tickets are £42 per person. Guest Speakers are Craig Brown, Tosh McKinlay and Bill Leckie. Anyone wishing to go to this event should contact John Callaghan.

ATAC has organised a 7-a-side completion, contact John Callaghan for more details.

SSC Membership – John Callaghan indicated that feedback on uptake of membership was good with a high percentage renewing , he also said that KOFTA membership was still around 100.

AGM 2014 – Date suggested for The KOFTA Annual General Meeting is Sunday 20th April 2014, this will be confirmed at the March monthly meeting.

Next Meeting – this will take place in The Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes on Sunday 9th March 2014 at 13.00pm

Meeting closed at 13.28pm

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                                13:00pm on Sunday 12th January 2014

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.08pm.

In attendance (8 members)

John Callaghan, Charlie Ewen, Adam Wood, James Black, Gerry McTague, Ian Speed, John Strachan Snr, Sean McTague

Apologies (2 members)

John Sibbald, John Thornton

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the 15th December  meeting by the Club Chairman. Minutes proposed as true record by Adam Wood and seconded by Jim Black

Friendly Match - Poland v Scotland on Wednesday 5th March 2014 – This match is being played in Warsaw which by all accounts is a very expensive city to visit, no one present at the meeting is going to Warsaw, however, a couple of ways  of getting there were discussed...(1) Passport Travel , flying from Glasgow costing approx. £250 per person...(2) flying  Edinburgh – Dublin – Warsaw – Copenhagen – Edinburgh costing approx. £133 per person + price of accommodation. Tickets for this match should be available to anyone wanting to travel as the ground has a good capacity.

Social Events – A fundraising evening has been arranged for Saturday 19th April 2014 in the Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes, probably race night / quiz / disco, more details will be available at a later date

Any Other Business – Kids Xmas party was a success again with 27 kids involved, Adam Wood commented on how well the party had been organised and that all the kids enjoyed themselves.

Next Meeting – this will take place in The Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes on Sunday 16th February 2014 at 13.00pm

Meeting closed at 13.35pm

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                                13:00pm on Sunday 8th December 2013

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

1.      Chairman John welcome the seven members present and thanked them for their attendance, and declared the Meeting open at 1.10pm

2.      Apologies were received from Stan Sommers, Charlie Ewen and John Sibbald.

            Minutes of previous Meeting were unavailable due to the absence of the Minute Secretary.    There approval was therefore put off until the next meeting. 

3.      Scotland v USA   

Norway v Scotland        Feedback was discussed from both games and the general feeling that, although the performances could still improve, the results were good and and maintained the momentum.

4.         Membership       Margaret Scott and Renald Young have resigned from

                                         KoFTA.   These resignations were accepted by the meeting.

5.      Social Events     - Golf Trophies -  enquiries regarding location and ownership still to be carried out.

        It was discussed and agreed that we should look towards a social function sometime around May 2014.   This could be held within The Phoenix and arranged early  

        next year.   Chairman John will check with John Noon, the Phoenix owner , as to suitable dates.

        Members would also like to make another trip down to watch a Newcastle or Sunderland home game around the end of January or beginning of February 2014.

        A Sports Quiz is also to be considered.

6.       A.O.C.B.           -  Children’s Party Sunday 15th December between 11.30am and 1.30pm  - 29 Children attending so far.  All arrangements made. 

         Parents/grandparents can drop off, well wrapped and well labelled, parcels into the The Phoenix, if this is more suitable than bringing them on the day.  

7.       Date of next meeting – The next meeting will be at 1.00pm on Sunday 12th January 2014 within the Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes.

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                                13:00pm on Sunday 10th November 2013

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

KOFTA Minutes

10th November 2013 in Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.10pm.

 

In attendance (10 members)

John Callaghan, Jim Black, John Thornton, Adam Wood, Ian Speed, John Strachan Snr., Charlie Ewen, Sean McTague, Fred Sutherland, Gerry McTague.

 

Apologies (2 members)

Stan Sommers, John Sibbald

 

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the 8th September 2013(13th October 2013 meeting cancelled) meeting by the Club Chairman. Minutes proposed as true record by Adam Wood and seconded by Ian Speed.

 

World Cup 2014 Qualifying – thoughts on the campaign were that it had been a very disappointing, possibly if Gordon Strachan had been appointed earlier we may have had a more positive outcome.

 

Friendly Matches  

Friday 15th November – Scotland v USA at Hampden Park – Early bus will leave The Snooker Club at 1.30pm, 29 are travelling on this bus with everyone being dropped off in central Glasgow and make their way to Hampden from there, the bus will then return to Glenrothes for a second pick up at 5pm from The Snooker Club, 19 are travelling on the Late bus which will go direct to Hampden.  By using one bus making two trips we(KOFTA) are saving approximately £420.                 

John Callaghan has the list of pick up points and times.                                                                                     

Tuesday 19th November – Norway v Scotland – no members were planning travelling to to this game.

 

KOFTA Membership  -  John Will has resigned as a member of KOFTA.  Ian Sommers has applied to join, his application was Proposed by John Callaghan and Seconded by Adam Wood

 

Social Events – Golf tournament that was scheduled for September, no feedback concerning this event.

 

Childrens Xmas Party – this will take place in The Phoenix Bar upstairs lounge on Sunday 15th December, time of this is now rescheduled to 11.30am – 1.30pm, John Callaghan has contacted all parents who have children attending advising them of the rescheduled time.

 

Any Other Business – SSC Membership, the question was asked “do we get any benefits for being a member” and “how is charging £45 for renewal justified”. Another matter raised was the points system in place for away games, some members  felt that points shouldn`t be awarded for friendly matches, Club Secretary John Callaghan will contact ATAC on their thoughts regarding these concerns.

 

Next Meeting – this will take place in The Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes on Sunday 8th December 2013 at 13.00pm

 

Meeting closed at 13.52pm

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                                13:00pm on Sunday 8th August 2013

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

KOFTA Minutes

8th September 2013 in Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.05pm.

In attendance (14 members)

John Callaghan, John Will, Gary Sommers, Gerry McTague, John Strachan Sen, Stan Sommers, Charlie Ewen, Ian Speed, Adam Wood, John Strachan Jnr, Dougie Swindells, James Black, Dave McDaid, Fred Sutherland.

Apologies (3 members)

Davie Yeats, John Thornton, John Sibbald

Appoval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the August 11th 2013 meeting by the Club Chairman. Minutes proposed as true record by Adam Wood and seconded by Stan Sommers.

2014 World Cup Qualifying Games

Friday 6th September – Scotland v Belgium – There were a couple of issues brought up....

1...Members paying £35 for the privilege of a seat only to be soaked thanks to a leaking roof in the Main Stand

2...Poor lighting on the streets outside Hampden made the walk back to the buses a hardship due to the very wet conditions.        

Behaviour on Buses – an incident occurred on the early bus which is being dealt with by the Committee, details of this will be published in due course. Stan Sommers made the point that committee members were not there to be abused nor sworn at but to ensure the safety of everyone travelling on KOFTA buses to and from the games.  Stan stressed we (KOFTA) have an excellent reputation with Moffat  & Williamson and don't need any more incidents of this nature which may tarnish our reputation, he also pointed out that Moffat & Williamson were full of praise for the conduct and the way the bus was kept clean and tidy on the recent three day trip to Wembley for the game against England.

Tuesday 10th September 2013 – Macedonia v Scotland – there are some members travelling to this game in Skopje, we should have some feedback at October meeting.

Tuesday 15th October – Scotland v Croatia – names for this game are being taken now, contact your Pub Representative or Club Secretary John Callaghan. Early bus will be going to Rutherglen Glencairn Club again.

Social Events

Another golf outing is planned to take place at Thornton Golf Club on 28th September 2013, to date six names are down for this.

Children`s Xmas Party – this will take place in The Phoenix Bar upstairs lounge on Sunday 15th December, as in previous years £15 will be reimbursed to each child for their present when receipt is presented to Club Treasurer.

Any Other Business

Gerry McTague suggested that if  anyone had photographs they wanted on KOFTA website to send them to him via email and he would upload them to the website

Next Meeting

This meeting will take place in The Phoenix, Glenrothes on Sunday 13th October  at 13.00pm 

Meeting closed at 13.33pm 

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                                13:00pm on Sunday 11th August 2013

                                                   THE PHOENIX BAR, CARRICK GATE, GLENROTHES

 

KOFTA Minutes

11th August 2013 in Phoenix Bar, Glenrothes

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.06pm.

In attendance (19 members)

John Callaghan, Charlie Ewen, John Strachan Snr, Stan Sommers, John Thornton, James Black, Andrew Wheelan, Adam Wood, Ian Speed, David Yeats, Stewart Reid, Craig Watson, Lee Jarrett, Jim Ayling, Ross Stevenson, Stuart Mitchell, Ronnie Savickis, Fred Sutherland, Gerry McTague

Apologies (4 members)

John Sibbald, John Strachan Jnr, Gary Sommers, George Brown.

Appoval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the June 16th 2013 meeting by the Club Chairman. Minutes proposed as true record by Ian Speed and seconded by John Thornton.

England Away – Wednesday, August 14th 2013

45 names are now confirmed for this trip. 22 twin rooms and 1 family room are booked at the Watford Premier Inn, accommodation sharing has been fixed out and John Callaghan will have the list available. Pick up times has also been confirmed and again John Callaghan has this schedule available. At this point Stan Sommers indicated he had received a call from the police informing him that Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th were being classed as “Red Days” meaning no alcohol was to be consumed on  buses travelling to England for this fixture, once across the border alcohol could then be consumed – in moderation of course!!  Stan also advised there would be organised stops as the driver can only drive for  4 hours at a time and then must have at least a 45 minute break. On the of the day of the game the bus will park at Wembley, the time of bus going to Wembley will be discussed on the way down from Scotland, it was pointed that some members will need to be there in sufficient time as they have to pick up match tickets.

2014 World Cup Qualifying Games

Friday 6th September – Scotland v Belgium,

Names for early and late buses are being taken now, however, John  Callaghan advised that the early bus was fully booked and names now only taken for the late bus. Early bus will be going to Rutherglen  Glencairn Club for pre-match refreshments.

 

Tuesday 10th September – Macedonia v Scotland

Two members have indicated they will be going.

 

Tuesday 15th October – Scotland v Croatia

Names for early and late buses are being taken now.

 

Social Events

Another golf outing is planned to take place at Thornton Golf Club on 28th September 2013, names for this are being taken now.

Childrens  Xmas Party

This is scheduled to take place on Sunday 15th Dece mber 2013, the has still to be decided on as the CISWO(last years venue) is unavailable this year, venues suggested are The Phoenix Bar(upstairslounge) or Coaltown of Balgonie Bowling Club, this will probably be decided at the next monthly meeting.

 

Any Other Business

The question was asked if KOFTA had any Tee/Polo shirts for sale, Stan Sommers advised that only kids and XXL Polo shirts were available. The club will be looking into the possibility of getting tee/polo shirts made available and also the possibility of tee/polo shirts made up for each individual match.

 

Next Meeting

This meeting will take place in The Phoenix, Glenrothes on Sunday 8th September at 13.00pm

 

Meeting closed at 13.37pm

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                                13:00pm on Sunday 16th June 2013

                                                   The CISWO Club, NORTH STREET, GLENROTHES

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.05pm

In attendance ( members)

John Strachan Snr, John Callaghan, , Charlie Ewen, John Will, George Brown, John Thornton, Gerry McTague, Ian Speed, Dougie Swindells, John Strachan Jnr, Jim Black, Bob Lowe, Sean McTague,

 

Apologies (1 member)

Adam Wood

Appoval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the 12th May 2013 meeting by the Club Chairman. Minutes proposed as true record by John Will and seconded by Dougie Swindells

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2014 World Cup Qualifying Games

 

Croatia 0 v Scotland 1 on 7th June 2013

Feedback from members who attended was that it was a fantastic, well organised trip, result making it all the sweeter. The Croatians took their defeat very well and applauded the Scotland fans out of the stadium. A shade of too little too late as more performances like that and we may still be in the hunt for qualifying!!

The remaining games are:

Friday 6th September – Scotland v Belgium,

Names for early and late buses are being taken now. It was decided that early bus would be going to Rutherglen Glencairn Club again.         

Tuesday 10th September – Macedonia v Scotland

 

Tuesday 15th October – Scotland v Croatia

Names for early and late buses are being taken now.

 

England Away – Wednesday, August 14th 2013

Tickets for season ticket holders are now on sale ranging from £35 - £65, public sale will take place from NOON on 26th June.   One member who wasn`t going suggested he could order a ticket for someone else,   this was deemed as “harvesting an away point” and was not condoned by neither KOFTA nor the SSC.

One person has still to confirm whether he is going or not.

KOFTA bus will be taking everyone to Wembley and then returning to hotel immediately after the game.

Current  cost  stands at £140 / person – this includes bus and 2 nights accommodation

It was suggested that room sharing should be sorted out in advance.

 

                                                                                                                                                               

Social Events

The golf outing took place at Thornton Golf Club on 19th May 2013, a good day was had by all, the checked jacket was awarded to Kevin Hart for having the first no-return card. Another outing is planned to take place at Thornton Golf Club on 28th September 2013.

Any Other Business

John Callaghan contacted Kirkcaldy Tartan Army to see if anyone wanted to travel on KOFTA bus to game v England at Wembley, turns out they are now running a 16 seater bus for their own members. One person has still to confirm whether he is going or not.

KOFTA bus will be taking everyone to Wembley and then returning to hotel immediately after the game.

Current  cost  stands at £140 / person – this includes bus and 2 nights accommodation

It was suggested that room sharing should be sorted out in advance.

 

Next Meeting

This will take place at the CISWO on 11th August 2013 at 13.00pm

 

Meeting closed at 1.30pm

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KOFTA Monthly Meeting                     

                                                                12.30pm on Sunday 12th May 2013

                                                   The CISWO Club, NORTH STREET, GLENROTHES

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.05pm

In attendance (14 members)

John Strachan Snr, John Callaghan, Stan Sommers, Charlie Ewen, John Will, John Thornton, Gerry McTague, Adam Wood, Ian Speed, Dougie Swindells, John Strachan Jnr, Jim Black, Stuart Mitchell, Ross Stevenson.

Apologies (4 members)

George Brown, John Sibbald, Gary Sommers, Davie Yates

 

Appoval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the 10th March 2013 meeting by the Club Chairman. Minutes proposed as true record by Dougie Swindells and seconded by John Strachan Jnr.

 

2014 World Cup Qualifying Games for 2013

 

Serbia Away

Two members attended this game, John Will highlighted again that everywhere they went  armed policemen were present and there was always feeling of intimidation, it was pointed out that this was  probably  a culture thing and also for the safety of the visiting fans. John Callaghan asked if we should contact the SFA on this subject.

 

Croatia Away

Several members are travelling to this game which is being played in Zagreb, most are staying in Dubrovnik and travelling to game from there. We should have feedback  on this trip at the next monthly meeting.

 

The remaining games are:

 Friday 6th September – Scotland v Belgium, buses to this game TBA

Tuesday 10th September – Macedonia v Scotland

Tuesday 15th October – Scotland v Croatia, buses to this game TBA

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

England Away – Wednesday, August 14th 2013

36 names confirmed so far with most of whom have paid fully, there are one or two who still have to make payment.  11 seats are still available for anyone wanting to go. John Callaghan will contact Kirkcaldy Tartan Army to see if any of their members are willing to take up any of the seats still available – KTA were planning running a bus but due to lack of response this was cancelled.

Stan Sommers indicated that a single room should be booked for the bus driver.

Current  cost  stands at £144 / person – this includes bus and 2 nights accommodation

It was suggested that room sharing should be sorted out in advance.

 

Social Events

Golf Outing will take place at Thornton Golf Club on Sunday 19th May 2013, so far there are 9 members playing  plus 3 non-members.

ATAC  were planning a 7-a-side tournament but this is on hold until a venue and date are confirmed.

John Will informed all present that a 4 man team Kilted Golf event will take place in 2014, date and venue to be confirmed at a later date.

 

 

Any Other Business

England v Scotland at Wembley on 14th August 2013, Stan Sommers suggested bus for this game should leave at 6.30am on Tuesday morning with pick up points to be arranged in due course. Although tickets are not on sale yet the possibility of doing a block booking is being looked into so that everyone can be sitting together.

 

Next Meeting

This will take place at the CISWO on 16th June 2013 at 13.00pm

 

Meeting closed at 13.35pm

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KOFTA Annual General Meeting                     

                                                                12.30pm on Sunday 14th April 2013

                                                   The CISWO Club, NORTH STREET, GLENROTHES

 

·         Attendance and apologise for absence.

Chairman John Strachan snr declared the meeting open at 12.34pm. Fourteen members attended the Annual General Meeting and one member sent apologies for their absence.

 

·         Minutes of Annual General Meeting 15th April 2012

Chairman John Strachan snr then read the minutes of the AGM of the 15th April 2012. These were proposed as “true” by Stan Sommers and seconded by Adam Wood. There were no matters arising from this meeting.

 

·         Chairman’s remarks

The chairman thanked all members for their support during the year, and for electing him at the last AGM, and said that he enjoyed filling the role. He also thanked the rest of the committee for their help during the last year.

 

·         Treasurer’s report

Stan Sommers produced the annual Income and Expenditure report which indicated that the accounts were in a healthy position. Membership dues were down by £960.00 in the last year, due to a net loss of 13 members, but money taken from bus fares was up by £230.00 even although there were not many home games, but we also had an increase of £145.00 on income from scratch cards sold during journeys.

 

Expenditure – Stan advised that there was an increase of £260.00 for bus hire this year, but compared to other companies we were still getting a good deal.

It was also advised that the cost of the accountant had increased by £10.00. - The accountant also wanted it noted that the Treasurer had done an excellent job in keeping the accounts.

 

The internet renewal cost £63.00 but was part of a two year deal and Gerry McTague has to be congratulated in getting such a good deal for the club.

 

The children’s Xmas party had cost £423.00 and attendance was down on last year. Everyone who attended agreed that it had gone well. It was agreed that this was an expense that was worthwhile, as it was payback to the wives and children who had to put up with members being missing on match days.

 

Stan advised there have been some deposits paid for the Wembly trip and in some cases the payment had been made in full – There are still some deposits to be paid and there are still 9 seats left.

 

The Treasurer advised that the club gave donations of £150.00 to the “Help Kayla find her feet” fund and £225.00 to Tartan Army Sunshine appeal during the year.

 

Stan closed by thanking all members for their support during the last year and also for the support of the committee members, especially John Callaghan.

 

John Will asked what merchandise was left and Stan advised that he would supply a list to John Callaghan to put on the club sites. It was also agreed that if it was not sold we would consider donating it to charity.

 

The Treasurer’s report was proposed for adoption by George Brown and seconded by John Will. The report was adopted unanimously.

 

 

·         Secretary’s report

John Callaghan provided copies of his annual report. John thanked all members for their support during the last year and in particular the committee members.

 

John advised that the Google group had 41 members and Facebook had 36 members, although they were not necessarily the same people, and that if any other members wished to join they should contact him with their details.

 

John has continued to attend the ATAC meetings as the KOFTA representative and said that there has been some concern from the members at the way the SSC is being run.

ATAC are planning to come up with plans to address the issue and John has been sent some draft ideas, of which he advised those present.

 

John advised that the children’s party had been a great success for both the kids and adults present and wanted to thank Kerry’s Kid’s Disco, Santa and his helpers for making it the success that it was.

 

The Secretary advised the one downside had been the lack of members attending the monthly meetings and functions.

 

There 101 members, which is down on last year and the Secretary advised that he would appreciate it if any members planning to leave the club would contact him before  doing so.

 

To conclude John said it had been a busy and very successful year and once again thanked everyone for their support.

 

The Secretary’s report was proposed for adoption by Adam Wood and seconded by Stan Sommers. The report was adopted unanimously.

 

 

 

The Election of Office Bearers

The chairman announced that the committee would now stand down and a new committee would be voted in.

John Will congratulated the departing committee for the work that they had done in the last year.

George Brown proposed that the committee be re-elected and this was seconded by Gary Sommers

John Strachan snr, John Callaghan and Stan Sommers all agreed to continue, in the positions that they had held last year, but Adam Wood advised that due to work and family commitments he was unable to continue as Minute Secretary, which was a position which he had been proud to hold. 

The Chairman asked if there were any volunteers to fill the position. It was suggested that Charlie Ewen take up the vacant post and he accepted.    John Callaghan proposed the motion and Gary Sommers seconded it. There being no other candidates or objections Charlie was duly elected Minute Secretary.

(For the purposes of the continuity of the meeting the Chairman asked Adam to continue to take the minutes of the AGM meeting)

Website co-ordinator:  Gerry McTague was proposed by John Strachan snr. for the position and seconded by Adam Wood and, there being no other candidates or objections, Gerry McTague was duly elected as Website co-ordinator for the next year.

Pub / Local Reps: The following people were elected and will form the rest of the committee for the forthcoming year.

Snooker Club: Gary Sommers and Dave McNaughton

Wotherspoons: Ian Speed

Dixon Arms: George Armstrong

North Glenrothes: John Will

Cowdenbeath: Craig Watson

These were proposed by John Callaghan and seconded by John Strachan snr.

OTHER BUSINESS

The Chairman continued by thanking everyone present for re-electing him.

Golf outing – It was advised that the next tournament would possibly take place on 19th May 2013, but George Brown would have to confirm this.

Gary Sommers proposed that the club donate £50.00 towards this and Charlie Ewen seconded this. There were no objections so the motion was carried.

Gary Sommers also took the opportunity to advise members that Stan’s stag weekend would take place in Blackpool between 20-22nd September 2013 and anyone interested in going should let him know. There would be a cost of £100.00 to cover the bus and accommodation.

The secretary advised that there was nothing new to advise regarding the club website, Google group or Facebook.

A.O.B.  

The Chairman advised that the CISWO had asked if we wanted to be a sub-section of their club and that if we did we would make a donation to the club, although as part of the condition we would have to take turns at selling their scratch cards. This was rejected as there was concern that the club would get swallowed by the CISWO and we did not need the extra money.

As an alternative it was agreed that on match days we would use the CISWO as a pick-up and drop-off point, if required by members.

The club Secretary advised that SSC had been proposing to increase the cost of membership but that ATAC were working on a document with counter proposals.

He also advised that there had been a request for membership to KOFTA from Kevin Hart and, as there were no objections, he said he would send the relevant documents to Kevin.  

England game – It was mentioned that, at the last home game, there had been complaints regarding the lack of leg room. Stan advised that the bus for the England game would have more leg room and that it would have a toilet.

So far there are 38 names down for the game.

It was agreed that, as we had originally stated that the cost of transport and accommodation would be £140.00, the club would pay the difference if the bus was not full. – This was proposed by Stan Sommers and seconded by Gary Sommers and there were no objectors. We are still looking at trying to book the tickets as a group, so that members are seated together.

If anyone is still interested in going they should contact a committee member.  All payments must be made by 12th May 2013 meeting.

Serbia away game - John Will registered displeasure with the fact that everywhere they went there were policemen with guns and this made him feel uncomfortable. It was pointed out that this was actually for the fans safety.

Donation request – A letter was read out by the club Treasurer requesting a donation toward two cyclists who are planning to cycle from Leven to Ypes to raise money for the Poppy Scotland charity.

Gary Sommers proposed we donate £50.00 but a counter proposal of £100.00 was made by John Will and George Brown and this was seconded by Gary Sommers.

The Annual General Meeting closed at 13.36pm

 

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on the 12th May 2013 at 13.00pm

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

1.00pm on Sunday 10th March 2013

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes
 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan Snr. at 13.05.

In attendance (13 members)

John Strachan Snr., John Callaghan, Adam Wood, James Black, Ian Speed, John Will, Robert Low, Charlie Ewen, Gerry McTague, Sean McTague, Tam Allan, Dougie Swindells and Ross Stevenson.

Apologies (5 members)

John Thornton, John Sibbald, Stan Sommers, Stuart Mitchell and George Brown.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the January 13th 2013meeting by the Club chairman, as there were no minutes from February..

Minutes proposed as true record by Ian Speed and seconded by Jim Black.

 

 

2014 World Cup Qualifier games for 2012-13

 

Scotland V Wales – Friday, 22nd March 2013

The “early” bus will leave Leven at 1.10pm and will go via Ring O’Stanes and to Snooker Club. Then leavie Snooker club at 1.30pm.

At time of writing there are no seats left on this bus.

 

The “late” bus will leave the Snooker club at 5.00pm

At time of writing there are 6 seats left on this buss

 

There are 6 people from Cowdenbeath making their own way to the game but will come back in the club bus.

 

Serbia and Croatia Away games

Only two members are known to be going to the Serbia game.

 

The Croatia game will now take place in Zagreb and it was pointed out that many people may have already booked up accommodation in Dubrovnik. Tam Allan, Ian Speed and Gerry McTague all advised that the best way to get from Dubrovnik to Zagreb was by plane as the road journey could take about 10-12 hours.

They advised that the best way was probably by plane which would cost about £100 but if you booked the correct flight you would not need to book accommodation in Zagreb as there is a flight back to about 5.00am

 

The remaining games are:

Scotland V Belgium – Friday 6th September 2013

Macedonia V Scotland – Tuesday 10th September 2013

Scotland V Croatia – Tuesday 15th October 2013

 

England Away – Wednesday, August 14th 2013

So far we have 41 names including 4 guests, who have still to pay their deposit and there is one other person waiting to see if they can get a ticket.

It was discussed as to whether it would be a good idea, if possible, for the club to book the members tickets as group and that way we would all be sitting together.

It was decided that members who are interested in this should confirm so with a committee member or at the next meeting.

Gerry McTague advised that in the past he had been able to book through the “Family and Friends” section in the past for away games and it was hoped we could do so for the England game. 

 

There may be different priced tickets, as per recent reports in the press and members will need to advise the price of the ticket they require.

Based on the above  and the fact that we will need to ensure that the club has all the monies available in time to pay for the bus and accommodation it was agreed that all monies should be paid by the 12thMay meeting at the latest.

The total amount to be paid by then, excluding the deposit which has already been paid will be around £180.00 although the final figure will not be known until ticket prices have been released.

 

If members wish they can pay up in installments at the April and May meetings. 

 

The club secretary will post further information on Facebook and will send e-mail to those in Google group

 

Social Events

There are no current events planned

 

ATAC Survey 

The club Secretary asked that members complete this survey so that the information can be used at the next meeting with the SSC.

The ATAC members feel that the new leadership of the SSC is trying to run it like a business instead of a club and the plan is for a representative of each of the member clubs in ATAC attend a meeting with the SSC

 

A.O.B

John Will asked where the “early” bus was going to for the Wales game and he was advised that it was going to the Rutherglen Club.

The club secretary advised that the committee had been in touch with the club and they were trying to arrange a disco. 

 

Next meeting  

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on April 14h 2013 at 12.30pm.

Please note that this meeting will be the club AGM.

Committee members will meet at 12 noon

Meeting closed at 13.29

 

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

1.00pm on Sunday 10th February 2013

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes
 

Cancelled

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

12.00pm on Sunday 13th January 2013

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes  

 

Chairman John Strachan welcomed the seven members to the meeting, who had braved the weather to attend.

 

Apologies were tendered for Adam Wood and Stan Sommers.

 

Minutes of previous Meeting on 9th December were read out by Chairman John and were approved as a true record of that meeting by Ian Speed and seconded by Jim Black  

 

Friendly match between Scotland v Estonia on Wednesday 6th February 2013 at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen was discussed.   There are 11 members intending to go to the game.   Chairman John is to make enquiries with Kirkcaldy Tartan Army to discuss a share transport to the game.   Failing that a minibus will be arranged with a leaving time of around 5pm.    Will all those travelling to the game please make contact with Chairman John Strachan for final travel details.

 

World Cup 2014  –       Scotland v Wales on Friday 22nd March 2013.  

 

The Early Bus will depart from the Snooker Club at 1.30pm, with earlier pick-up points, as required, with a stop at the West End Bar, Airdrie or Rutherglen Glencairn Bar (as yet to be decided). 

 

The Late Bus will depart from the Snooker Club, Glenrothes at 5.00pm again with earlier pick-up points as required and go direct to Hampden.

 

Names are now required for the buses.   Please notify Secretary John Callaghan or Treasurer Stan Sommers with the choice of early or late bus and preferred Pick-up point.   Names soonest please to allow the buses to be booked.

 

                                             Serbia v Scotland -          Tuesday 26th March 2013

 

            Serious concerns put by ATAC to SFA/SSC who are to address concerns with Serbian FA.  Still no venue but thought to definitely be in Novi Sad.

 

To date the KoFTA Committee are unaware of any of our members attending this game, but if there are members travelling, they can contact Secretary, John Callaghan, for latest information from the Scotland Supporters Club.

 

                                             Croatia v Scotland   -      Friday 7th June 2013

 

                                             Scotland v Belgium  -     Friday 6th September 2013                                                                    

 

                                             Macedonia v Scotland  - Tuesday 10th September 2013

 

                                              Scotland  v  Croatia    -   Tuesday 15th October 2013

 

 

England v Scotland -  14th August 2013, Wembley Stadium, London

 

40 names so far – 6 still to pay deposit plus there are 2 names on the non-member list.    

                                             

26 Twin rooms provisionally booked at the Watford Premier Inn at                       £83 per room per night, without Breakfast.

 

Estimated cost £140 pp (which also covers the driver’s tip) for travel and two nights accommodation.

 

£25 deposit now required urgently required to confirm attendance, bus and accommodation.   

 

PLEASE NOTE that all Non-members on the waiting list, and others thereafter, will be included onto the list of those travelling at the end of the next monthly meeting on 10th February and on payment of their deposit they will secure a seat and accommodation, to the exclusion of members who have not yet paid their deposits.              

 

 

Social Events   Unfortunately the trip to watch Sunderland did not come off due to other commitments.

A further trip to Newcastle towards the end of the season is still a possibility.

                                   

                                                                             

Children’s Party  -  20 Children and all seemed to have a great time.  The Secretary thanked Santa Clause, Minnie the caterer, Kerry’s Kids Disco, the CISWO, and all the adults who attended for a great afternoon for the children.

 

A.O.C.B.  -  John Thornton thanked the Chairman and all KoFTA Members for the Sympathy Card he and his mother received from KoFTA on the recent death of his father.  This meant a lot to him, knowing his friends were thinking of them at that sad time.     

                              

Date of next meeting - Sunday 10th February 2013 at 1.00pm        

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

12.00pm on Sunday 9th December 2012

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes  

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan Snr. at 12.12.

In attendance (10 members)

John Strachan Snr., John Callaghan, Stan Sommers, Adam Wood, James Black, Ian Speed, Jim Ayling, Gary Sommers, John Sibbald and Dave McDaid

Apologies (2 members)

John Thornton and George Brown.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the November 18th meeting by the Club chairman.

Minutes proposed as true record by Gary Sommers and seconded by Stan Sommers.

Friendlies

 

Scotland V Estonia – Wednesday 6th February 2013 (Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen)

So far we have 7 names of members who are interested in going to this game.

Anyone else who is interested in attending the game should contact a committee member, as soon as possible, so we can look into ordering bus.

We may have to book a mini-bus, if low interest, but Gerry McTague has advised that some members may want to make their own way to Aberdeen and then travel back in the club bus so a larger bus may be required.

It was also discussed that it may be possible to hire the CISWO mini bus and driver.

 

It was also stated during the discussion that there were no “glamorous” games and that was probably the reason for the poor response but Jim Ayling pointed out that this could be the first game that the new team manager would be in charge.   

 

2014 World Cup Qualifier games for 2012-13

 

There are still 3 home and 3 away games to go

 

Scotland V Wales – Friday, 22nd March 2013

It was hoped that there would be a good turnout and it was agreed that there would probably be 2 busses for this game i.e. an early and a late bus, but that this would be decided nearer the time.

It was also pointed out that some members may want to stay in Glasgow, after the game, for a night out.

 

Serbia and Croatia Away games

It was stated, that for the Serbia away game, some members may stay in Glasgow after the Wales game and then fly on to Serbia from Glasgow.

Serbia have been warned about their fans behavior, due to the problems, experienced by away supporters at recent games in Serbia.

 

It was suggested that some members may want to spend longer at the Croatia game, is it is a good holiday destination. Ian Speed advised that it was cheaper to book from Tuesday to Tuesday, if members wanted to take a weeks holiday there.

It was stated that it was hard to book up, at present, as the stadium for the game had not been named yet – Croatia should announce the stadium at least 60 days before the game is due to take place.

 

If any members are struggling to get booked up for any of the away games they should contact the committee, who will try to arrange help.

 

It was brought up again that members were not happy with the Friday night matches, instead of the Saturday matches of the past.

 

England Away – Wednesday, August 14th 2013

So far we have 39 names of members who are interested in the trip and 32 members had paid their deposit, so far.

There are possibly 2-3 of the people who have put their name down who are not going to go, but we are waiting on confirmation of this.

As discussed, at last meeting, we will create a waiting list of non-members, if required, but so far we have no names.

 

The plan is to travel down on the Tuesday morning (13th August 2013) and travel back on the Thursday morning (15th August 2013).

26 Twin rooms have been provisionally booked at the Watford Premier Inn, which is near Wembly.

It will cost £83.00 per room per night (without breakfast)

The estimated cost of the trip will be £127.00 / £133.00 pp for travel and two nights’ accommodation.

We can cancel the rooms up to 1 month before the game.

The cut-off for members to put their name forward is the February 2013 meeting.

 

Social Events

Newcastle game

The Club secretary advised that at present there is still a chance of going to the Newcastle v Reading – 19th January 2013, but there was no response from members at present.

If anyone else is interested they should supply their name to him as soon as possible.

 

Ian Speed advised that, as agreed at last month’s meeting, he had checked with Thomas Cook regarding the packages they were offering for Premiership games and they were only supplying tickets and accommodation not transport.

It was agreed that we may want to look at other trips that they are organizing in the future.

It was also discussed that the games against Southampton (23rd February 2013) and Stoke (9th March 2013) may also be options, although the Southampton match may be moved to the Sunday and the last game we went to was against Stoke so members may want something different.

 

Children’s Xmas Party

The party will take place in the CISWO today between 2pm-4pm.

  

A.O.B

The Club Secretary advised that we had one new application for membership from Ross Stevenson and this was approved by those present.

The Club Treasurer agreed to supply the secretary with an updated list of those members who are still paying their monthly dues.

 

The Club Secretary advised that he had received an e-mail from George Brown to advise that the Kirkcaldy Tartan Army were holding a Burns/Sports Dinner to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

It will take place on the 25th January 2013 at the Victoria Hotel, Kirkcaldy at 7.30pm.

Guest speakers are Frank MacAvennie, John Rowbotham and Watt Nicoll.

Funds raised will go to the Baby Care unit at the Victoria hospital.

There will be a 3 course meal and tickets cost £25.00pp and tables accommodate about 8 people.

Dress is casual but smart (some will probably be wearing kilts) – no football colours.

 

Next meeting  

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on January 13th 2013 at 13.00pm.

Meeting closed at 12.46

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

13.00pm on Sunday 18th November 2012

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes  

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan Snr. at 13.03.

In attendance (15 members)

John Strachan Snr., John Callaghan, Stan Sommers, Adam Wood, James Black, Ian Speed, John Thornton, Stuart Mitchell, Jim Ayling, David Yeates, John Will, Gary Sommers, Willie McCulloch, Gerry McTague and Rab Allan

Apologies (4 members)

John Sibbald, George Brown, Dougie Swindells and John Strachan jnr.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the October 7th meeting by the Club chairman.

Minutes proposed as true record by John Will and seconded by Ian Speed.

Friendlies

 

Scotland V Estonia – Wednesday 6th February 2013 (Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen)

So far we have 6 names of members who are interested in going to this game. Anyone else who is interested in attending the game should contact a committee member, as soon as possible, so we can look into ordering bus. May have to be mini-bus if low interest

 

Luxemburg V Scotland – Wednesday 14th November 2012

Members reported that they had been made very welcome and that the prices for hospitality had been reasonable.

It was highlighted, by those who attended both the Luxemburg and Belgium away games, that in both cases they had been made very welcome and that free transport to and from the games had been laid on by the home countries. In one case there was even the offer of a free drink at the end of the game.

It was suggested that this should be brought up at the next ATAC meeting as an example of how fans should be treated.

 

 

2014 World Cup Qualifier games for 2012-13

 

Wales and Belgium Away games

It was agreed that Scotland had been unlucky against Wales but had hardly touched the ball against Belgium.

It was decided that there was no point in discussing the manager’s influence in these games due to what has happened since.

 

Scotland V Wales – Friday, 22nd March 2013

It was agreed that there would probably be 2 busses for this game i.e. an early and a late bus, but that this would be decided nearer the time.

It was also pointed out that some members may want to stay in Glasgow after the game for s night out.

 

Serbia and Croatia Away games

As above it was stated that for the Serbia away game some members may stay in Glasgow after the Wales game and then fly on to Serbia from Glasgow.

Due to the problems, experienced by away supporters in Serbia, some members are considering waiting to see what package Thompson Sport offer, as everything will be organized and it would probably be safer, although may be more expensive, than if members organized their own flights and accommodation.

 

There had been talk of a friendly game against Malta before the away game against Croatia on June 7th 2013 but it now looks like this will not happen.

 

Stan Sommers asked why there were so many away friendlies and the feeling was that this was to suit a certain few and not the majority of the genuine fans, who cannot afford these trips.

 

England Away – Wednesday, August 14th 2013

So far we have 38 names of members who are interested in the trip.

The plan is to travel down on the Tuesday morning (13th August 2013) and travel back on the Thursday morning (15th August 2013).

26 Twin rooms have been provisionally booked at the Watford Premier Inn, which is near Wembly.

It will cost £83.00 per room per night (without breakfast)

The estimated cost of the trip will be £127.00 / £133.00 pp for travel and two nights’ accommodation.

We can cancel up to 1 month before the game.

Anyone still interested should contact the committee – we cannot take any more than 47 names in total so there are only 9 places left .

 

A deposit of £25.00 was taken by the club treasurer from those members present, who were going to the game, and the Club Secretary is going to contact those who have put their name forward but have not paid there deposit.

 

We need to pay half the full payment for the accommodation 1 month before game and remainder 2 weeks before the game.

 

David Yeates asked if we would consider taking non-members, if we did not fill the bus with members, and it was agreed that we would look at this after the February 2013 meeting, although names could be put forward before then and the Club Secretary would put them on a reserve list.

It was agreed by those present that, if we did take non-members, because it was not a normal trip the non-members would be charge the same as members.

Anyone putting forward a non-member will have to accept responsibility for the non-members conduct during the trip.

 

Social Events

Newcastle game

The Club secretary advised that at present there are only 2 names for the trip to the game between Newcastle v Reading – 19th January 2013 but even he was not sure if he would manage to go.

If anyone else is interested they should supply their name to him as soon as possible.

Ian Speed advised that he had passed a travel agents on the way to the meeting and noticed that they were advertising trips to the Newcastle V Manchester City game on Saturday 15th December 2012 for £99, this included ticket and one nights accommodation, but he was going to check if transport was also included.

It was agreed that we may want to look at other trips that they are organizing in the future.

 

Children’s Xmas Party

The party will take place in the CISWO again this year on the 9th December (this is also date of monthly meeting)

 

Forms are now available to register member’s children or grandchildren, if they are at primary school or younger.

To date we have the names of 21 children who will be attending and committee members will also be in touch with other members who have eligible children to see if they wish to attend.

These forms need to be returned as soon as possible.

 

Presents can be purchased up to a value of £15.00 and the money will be refunded when till receipt is passed on to committee.

The Party will take place between 2.00pm – 4.00pm and the disco has already been booked and Santa has kindly agreed to spare us some of his time to hand out the presents.

 

 

A.O.B

Ian Speed asked if members would have received the e-mail from the SSC, by now, requesting proof that members had attended the Luxemburg game.

It was stated that according to the Tartan Army noticeboard some members had received the e-mails. Only a small percentage of SSC members will have to provide proof, but all members were advised not to destroy any documents, as it was not known what the timescale was for receiving the e-mails.

Willie McCulloch asked if the proof would have to be posted in and was advised that it probably would.

It was stated that in the past consideration had been given to all members having to send proof to the SSC but that it would have been too much of an administrative chore for the SSC.

John Will asked if ATAC was having any influence on how the SSC worked and the Club Secretary said that he felt that it was. The Club Secretary advised that the SSC was being run more as a business and that ATAC was trying to change this and get proper accounts issued and raised discussions on pricing, points etc.

John Thornton advised that he had been contacted by SSC re. purchasing tickets for future World Cup qualifying games at a reduced price and this was felt to be unfair to those fans who had purchased the package at the start of the campaign.

 

Next meeting  

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on December 9th 2012 at 12.00pm. This is due to the fact that the children’s Xmas party will take place after it at 2.00pm and we need time to set up the hall.

Meeting closed at 13.45

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

13.00pm on Sunday 7th October 2012

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes  

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan Snr. at 13.03.

In attendance (12 members +1 visitor)

John Strachan Snr., John Callaghan, Stan Sommers, Adam Wood, James Black, Ian Speed, John Thornton, Dougie Swindells, Jock Gartshore, Charlie Ewen, George Brown, John Will and Tam Allan (visitor)

Apologies (3 members)

John Sibbald, Gary Sommers and Gerry McTague.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the September 2nd meeting by the Club chairman.

Minutes proposed as true record by Dougie Swindells and seconded by George Brown.

Friendlies

 

Scotland V Estonia – Wednesday 6th February 2013 (Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen)

So far we have 6 names of members who are interested in going to this game. Anyone else who is interested in attending the game should contact a committee member as soon as possible, so we can look into ordering bus.

 

Luxemburg V Scotland – Wednesday 14th November 2012

Anyone needing information should contact John Stachan snr or John Callaghan

 

 

2014 World Cup Qualifier games for 2012

 

Serbia and Macedonia at Home

It was agreed that the trips had been enjoyed by all but not so much the actual games

 

Wales and Belgium Away games

It was stated that most people who wanted to go to the Wales game had now got tickets due to the fact that only 1 point was needed.

Chairman asked if anyone needed any further information but nobody present needed any.

 

For the Belgium game it was stated that some people were going for a week, taking in the two games, but that some were coming home after the Wales game and then going to the Belgium game later in the week.

 

Serbia and Croatia Away games

It was decided that these would be discussed at a later meeting as will other games.

 

England Away – Wednesday, August 14th 2013

The SSC have guaranteed tickets.

So far we have 40 names of members who are interested in the trip.

The plan is to travel down on the Tuesday morning (13th August 2013) and travel back on the Thursday morning (15th August 2013).

26 Twin rooms have been provisionally booked at the Watford Premier Inn, which is near Wembly.

It will cost £83.00 per room per night (without breakfast)

The estimated cost of the trip will be £127.00 / £133.00 pp for travel and two nights accommodation.

We can cancel up to 1 month before the game.

Anyone still interested should contact the committee – we cannot take any more than 47 names in total so there are only 7 places left .

 

A deposit of £25.00 will be required by next meeting (18th November 2013) and we need to pay half the full payment 1 month before game and remainder 2 weeks before the game.

 

Tam Allan had checked several places North of London but could not get sufficient number of rooms or a parking area for bus at any of the other locations

 

Social Events

Newcastle game

The Club secretary advised that if anyone was interested in the Newcastle v Reading – 19th January 2013 should supply their name to him as soon as possible.

 

Children’s Xmas Party

The party will take place in the CISWO again this year on the 9th December (this is also date of monthly meeting)

 

Forms are now available to register member’s children or grandchildren, if they are at primary school or younger.

These forms need to be returned as soon as possible.

 

Presents can be purchased up to a value of £15.00 and the money will be refunded when till receipt is passed on to committee.

The Party will take place between 2.00pm – 4.00pm and the disco has already been booked 

 

ATAC meeting

The Club secretary advised that we were due to pay £20.00 membership fee and a cheque, for this amount, was provided by the Club Treasurer.

There are now 13 clubs in ATAC, the latest members to join being the Dunfermline club.

 

A question was asked at the ATAC meeting as to why we had to pay so much for our Home game tickets when Wales fans are paying £20.00 for their Home game and Belgian fans £25.00 for their Home game – It was agreed that this would be brought up at the next meeting.

 

The late issue of tickets for the Belgium game and the short notice resulting in people not getting time to log on and order tickets was also brought up.

It was stated that Belgium FA had infringed 60 days rule.

 

There will be no Fans Embassy at the Wales game but there may be one at the Belgium game.

 

The 11 a-side tournament was also discussed.

 

Membership charges were also discussed with regards to whether a reduced charge instead of the freebies was more preferable.

It was stated that the cost of the last lot of freebies was £8.92 and that is what the membership charge would be reduced by if we did not receive them.

We will discuss the member’s opinions on this at a future club meeting.

 

It was also brought up at the ATAC meeting that some clubs had problems taking flags into the Home games depending on which gate they went through.

Flags must have a Fire Safety certificate but even flags which had this were not allowed at some gates.

 

The ATAC AGM will take place on the 25th November 2013  and the Club Secretary will be our representative.

The Club Chairman advised the secretary that if he supplied his transport costs they would be reimbursed.

 

John Will asked if anything had been said about Hampden not being available for a year due to the Commonwealth Games. It was pointed out that the ATAC meeting had taken place before this was announced and it would probably be brought up at the next ATAC meeting.

 

A.O.B

The Club Secretary advise that one member had resigned from the club but that we also had an application for a new membership from David Dunlop – This was approved by those present.

 

We sold 4 scratch cards for the TA Sunshine appeal at the Home games.

 

The Club Chairman read out a letter from Grant Neilson requesting a donation to help send his daughter to St Louise, USA for an operation to help her walk as she suffers from Cerebral Palsy.

This is a pioneering operation, which is only carried out by this clinic and of the 3000 operations carried out by the clinic there had been a 100% success rate.

John Strachan snr proposed we donate £150.00 and this was seconded by Dougie Swindells. There were no objections or counter proposals.

Tam Allan advised that he an Gerry McTague were also going to do a sponsored walk to raise money for the fund and any sponsorship will be appreciated. 

 

Next meeting  

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on November 18th 2012 at 13.00pm. This is due to the fact the Sunday we would normally have held the meeting is Remembrance Sunday and therefore this is a week later than normal

Meeting closed at 13.37

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

13.00pm on Sunday 2th September 2012

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes  

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan Snr. at 13.04.

In attendance (15 members)

 John Strachan Snr., John Callaghan, Adam Wood, James Black, Ian Speed, John Thornton,  Fred Sutherland, Dougie Swindells, John Sibbald, Dave McDaid, Gerry McTague, George Armstrong, Sean McTague, George Brown and John Will

Apologies (4 members)

Stan Sommers and John Strachan jnr.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the August 12th meeting by the Club chairman.

Minutes proposed as true record by Jim Black and seconded by Ian Speed.

Friendlies

 

Scotland V Estonia – Wednesday 6th February 2013 (Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen)

So far we have 7 names of members who are interested in going to this game. Anyone else who is interested in attending the game should contact a committee member.

 

 

2014 World Cup Qualifier games for 2012

 

Serbia at Home – Saturday, September 8th

The Club secretary advised that we will be running two 53 seater busses to the game.

At the time of the meeting there were still 2 seats available but John advised that these would probably be taken up.

 

One 53 seater will leave Leven at 9.00am from Mountflourie Service station, then calling at the Ring ‘o’ Stanes, Snooker club, Dixon Arms then picking up at Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

The second bus will leave from the Snooker club and pick up at Dunfermline.

The Club secretary advised that he would put details on website and Google group.

 

Macedonia at Home – Tuesday, September 11th

At time of meeting the early bus has 10 seats left and the late bus has 13 seats left.

Anyone interested in going who has not put their name forward should contact a member of the committee.

 

The early bus will leave Leven at 1pm calling at the Snooker club (leaving at 1.30pm) then going on to the Dixon Arms and then picking up at Kirkcaldy.

The Club secretary proposed that the bus drop members of in Airdrie and then take anyone who is interested into Glasgow. The bus would then drop them of there and return to Airdrie. Those dropped off in Glasgow would need to make their own way to the game and should make sure they can get in touch with someone to find out where the bus is parked for picking up after the game.

 

The late bus will leave the Snooker club at 5.00pm picking up at the Dixon Arms, the Premier Inn at Bankhead and then Cowdenbeath.

 

There are still a few seats left on the busses and there are also some spare tickets available as some members who purchased the World Cup qualifier ticket package are unable to attend.    

 

Wales and Belgium Away games

There are 6 people going to the Wales game without tickets.

Most of the people going to the Belgium game are already booked up.

 

 

England Away – Wednesday, August 14th 2013

We have the names of 15 people so far who are interested in going to the game.

Based on filling a 47 seater bus it is anticipated that the cost of transport will be £45.00 - £50.00 per head. Accommodation will be over and above this.

We will try and put something around on this week’s busses to try and get a better idea of those who are interested.

The club will try to looking into accommodation packages once we have an idea of the numbers interested and we will then look at taking a deposit of about £20.00 in February.

 

John Sibbald advised that the Kirkcaldy TA were going to Lytham St Annes  -they are organizing Colin Hendry as a guest speaker that night and then they are travelling on to the game from there.

 

 

Croatia and Macedonia Away   

The Chairman advised that members should start looking to book early flights etc. about October and anyone interested in going should contact a committee member.

As advised at previous meeting Tommy Allen is looking into flights and accommodation and may be able to help

Social Events

Newcastle game

The Club secretary advised that if anyone was interested in the Newcastle home game on the 1st December 2012 they should let him know.

It was suggested that this date was possibly too near Xmas and it was agreed that we would also look at the following dates if members were interested.

Newcastle v Reading – 19th January 2013

Newcastle v Chelsea – 2nd February2013 (this will be a hard game to get tickets for and date may also be changed for TV )

Newcastle V Southampton – 23rd February 2013

We need to know of members interest as the tickets only go on sale 3 weeks before the game and we need to act quickly.

 

Children’s Xmas Party

The party will take place in the CISWO again this year on the 9th December (this is also date of monthly meeting)

Forms are now available to register member’s children or grandchildren, if they are at primary school or younger.

Presents can be purchased up to a value of £15.00 and the money will be refunded when till receipt is passed on to committee.

The Party will take place between 2.00pm – 4.00pm and the disco has already been booked 

 

New members

The Club secretary advised there had been 3 new applications for membership. All present approved these new members and the secretary will send out letters advising the 3 applicants that their membership had been approved.

 

 

A.O.B

The Club secretary advised that there were 17 guests going to the Serbia home game, including one guest with 2 children and there was one guest with one child going to the Macedonia home game.

It was proposed that if guests were bringing children to games they should pay £5.00 per child, at present they pay nothing and can take up seats which could be used for paying guest

This was approved by those present at the meeting. 

 

A request has been received from the T.A. Sunshine appeal to sell scratch cards at a function.

The proposal is to sell one Sunshine scratch card on one bus going to games and a KOFTA scratch card on the other.

We will also sell the Sunshine cards at any club functions.

George Brown suggested that we should also try selling the Sunshine cards at the Snooker club before busses leave for friendlies, provided we get approval from the Snooker club management.

 

John Will asked that as there were no toilets on the busses on Saturday that a policy decision be made on toilet stops. It was agreed that there should be no need for stops in the way through to the game and that on the way back the only stop would be at Harthill.

 

George Armstrong suggested that when there is an early and a late bus the late bus should always have a toilet as this bus usually does not have time for toilet stops.   

 

The Club chairman advised that he had been approached with a request to donate some money towards the sponsorship of a local girl who needs £60,000.00 towards an operation.

He has told the parents that we need a letter and he will it up again at the next meeting.

 

 

 

Next meeting   

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on October 7th  2012 at 13.00pm

NB this is a week earlier than normal due to the Serbia and Macedonia games

 

Meeting closed at 13.55

 

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

13.00pm on Sunday 12th August 2012

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes  

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan Snr. at 13.08.

In attendance (13 members)

 John Strachan Snr., John Callaghan, Adam Wood, James Black, Ian Speed, John Thornton, Charlie Ewen, John Strachan jnr, Bob Low, Fred Sutherland, Dougie Swindells, Stan Sommers and John Will

Apologies (4 members)

John Sibbald, George Brown, Gary Sommers and Gerry McTague.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the June 10th meeting by the Club chairman, as there was no meeting in July due to lack of members.

Minutes proposed as true record by John Thornton and seconded by Ian Speed.

Friendlies 
 

Scotland V Australia – Wednesday 15th August 2012 (Easter Road)

There are 26 names for the early bus and the club secretary advised that it was necessary for people to advise who needed to travel on the bus home after the game so that a decision could be made on how many busses to book. The treasurer may look at booking just one bus to make two journeys to the game if the numbers are low. 
 

Luxemburg V Scotland – Wednesday 14th November 2012

The Chairman advised that if anyone was interested in going to the game they should contact him as he had some information that may be of some interest. 
 

 

2014 World Cup Qualifier games for 2012 
 

Serbia at Home – Saturday, September 8th

The Chairman advised that the Kirkcaldy Tartan Army branch had been looking into a deal which covered from Sunday to Sunday and if anyone is interested in more information they should contact him.

Macedonia at Home – Tuesday, November 11th

For both of the above games all members who wish to travel in the club bus should make sure that they contact one of the committee to ensure that a seat is reserved for them 
 

England Away – Wednesday, August 14th 2013

The club are looking at arranging a bus to travel down south on the morning of Tuesday 13th and returning on the morning of Thursday 15th

It is anticipated that the cost will probably be about £45-50 per member for the bus – This will also include the payment for the bus drivers hotel room and food.

It is planned to book accommodation for the Tuesday and Wednesday night (probably somewhere like Luton) and it is important that members interested advise the committee as soon as possible. A deposit of £20 may be required from all those interested.     
 

Serbia Away – Tuesday, March 26th 2013

Any members going to this game should take care due to regular crowed trouble inside and outside the ground 
 
 
 
 
 

Croatia Away – Friday June 7th 2013

It was advised that anyone interested in going to this game may want to check the prices at Travel Republic a E-bookers as they have some good deals 
 

Macedonia Away – Tuesday September 10h 2013

The Chairman advised that Tommy Allan had sent a letter advising that flights should be available around October this year

Tommy had provisionally booked 6 rooms  - 2 of which slept 5 people and the rest are doubles. If people are interested they should contact Tommy and he will book the flights as well.

The cost of the room (we belive to be about €50 per night does not include food but Tommy advises that there are local restaurants near by.   
 

Social Events - Newcastle game

Following the success of the last trip the Club secretary advised that it was planned to try and arrange another trip.

He will put a list of games on the website to see which matches members were interested in. 
 
 

New members

The Club secretary advised there had been 9 new applications for membership. All present approved these new members and the secretary will send out letters advising the 9 applicants that their membership had been approved.  
 
 

A.O.B

John Will requested that a copy of the sheet re. the rules against bad behavior on our buses be issued and he will take a copy on the 2nd bus for the Australia game 
 

The Club treasurer proposed that  due to the poor attendance this year of the June and July meetings that these be cancelled next year. It was agreed that we would wait until nearer the time as there may be games at that time which will require us to hold the meetings. 
 

Jim Black advise that he had a spare ticket for the home game against Serbia if anyone was interested – It was stated that Robbie Strachan may be looking for one. 
 

John Wills advised that there would be no Golf tournament in September and that it had been put back to 2013 due to the number of Scotland games at the end of this year.

John thinks it will probably be around March or April when the next tournament takes place but he will advise nearer the time    

 

Next meeting  

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on September 2nd 2012 at 13.00pm

NB this is a week earlier than normal due to the Serbia and Macedonia games

Meeting closed at 13.41

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

13.00pm on Sunday 8th July 2012

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes  
 

 

 

KOFTA Minutes

June 10th 2012, at CISWO

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan Snr. at 13.10.

In attendance (9 members)

John Strachan Snr., John Callaghan, Adam Wood, James Black, Ian Speed, John Thornton, Gerry McTague, George Brown, and John Will

Apologies (4 members)

John Sibbald, John Strachan jnr.,Stan Sommers and Dougie Swindells.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the March 11th meeting by the Club chairman, as there was no official meeting in May, due to lack of members and the meeting before that in April was the club AGM.

Minutes proposed as true record by Ian Speed and seconded by George Brown.

Friendlies

 

Scotland V Australia – Wednesday 15th August 2012 (Easter Road)

There may possibly be an early and late bus for the game, but we need to know how many members plan to attend, we currently only have 10 names.

Some members have advised that they may make their own way to Edinburgh and just get the bus back, so there may not be sufficient members to merit the early bus.

If we do have the two buses, then the early bus will probably leave at 2pm and the late bus at 5.30pm.

 

Luxemburg V Scotland – Wednesday 14th November 2012

There appears to be a few members going to this game and it was stated that there are a lot of places to stay and travel to the game from.

 

 

2014 World Cup Qualifier games for 2012

 

Serbia at Home – Saturday, September 8th

The buses will leave about 9.30am and with pick ups at Leven and Ring O Stanes.

At present we have 12 names of members who wish to travel on the bus.

The club secretary advised that he had been unable to contact anyone at the Rutherglen club and that the e-mail address KOFTA has for the club is no longer available.

The club secretary advised that the Rutherglen club has now been bought over and is being run as a pub.

He said he would try and get in touch with the old Rutherglen club secretary to see if he could help and George Brown suggested that we check to see if there is a website with a new e-mail address.

It was agreed that we need to treat this with urgency in case we need to look for another club. 

 

Macedonia at Home – Tuesday, November 11th

Again we will look at putting on two buses – it was agreed that the early bus would probably leave at 1.30pm and the late bus at 5pm although this may be brought forward to 4.30pm due to road works for new Forth bridge.

The early bus may drop members of at Airdrie and others in Glasgow and then go back to Airdrie to collect members who had stayed there and bring them to the game.

 

Wales Away – Friday, October 12th

A few members are going to this game and Jim Black is looking into possible arrangements with Kirkcaldy Tartan Army, who are putting on a bus and possibly a mini-bus. As yet there is still no decision as to which stadium the match will take place in.

 

 

 

Belgium Away – Tuesday, October 16th

There are at least 13 members going by Euro-Star and if there are enough members it may be possible to book a whole cabin – Gerry McTague advised that Tam Allen was looking into this and that they may share with other clubs if not enough KOFTA members.

 

Other related topics

John Thornton asked if they had changed dates for the Croatia and Serbia games – it was stated that they had not yet but that it was hoped that something would be announced soon, as people needed to make plans.

It was also stated that the Croatian representative was trying to arrange something in Zagreb but could not do so at present.

Social Events

Golf Outing                                                                                                                                           

George Brown and John Will advised that the event at Thornton Golf Club was a great success. There were 9 KOFTA members who took part in the event and it was helped by the good weather.

As a special event this year it was decided to award a Checked Jacked (instead of the normal green jacket of the masters), which was won by Davy Drybrugh.

Various prizes other prizes were awarded and the prize for the person who came last was a set of Darts and Dominos.

George advised that it was hoped to hold another event again at the Thornton Golf Club in September / October 2012

 

Saint Andrews Night dance

The chairman said that it was hard to gauge who would turn up as it is possibly the wrong time of the year due to there being two away games just before it.

It was decided to put something on Facebook etc asking members to advise if they were interested and if there was no feedback then we would not proceed with arranging a St Andrews dance for this year

The CISWO is currently available for Friday 30th November 2012 but not the Saturday.

It was also suggested that we issue a flyer on the bus for the next home qualifier to see if anyone was interested in having a Burns Night.

 

A.O.B

The club secretary advised that he had received two now application for membership of the club, both from Kennoway. These were approved by the members present.

John also advised that there had been one application last month and he had been in touch with the person concerned, but was still waiting on them coming back to him.

John also said that Gary Brown new of someone who was also interested in joining.

 

John Will asked again about the dates for the away games. It was also stated that there was concern about crowd control at the Serbia away game and it was stated that perhaps the best option would to go with Thomson, just flying in just before the game and straight back out after the game.

It was stated that the Serbia v Croatia games may actually have to be played at a neutral stadium to avoid crowd problems.

 

Next meeting  

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on July 8th , 2012 at 13.00pm

 

Meeting closed at 13.45

 

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KOFTA Annual General Meeting    

12.30pm on Sunday 15th April 2012

The CISWO Club, NORTH STREET, GLENROTHES

 

    • Attendance and apologise for absence.

Chairman John Strachan snr declared the meeting open at 12.36pm. Thirteen members attended the Annual General Meeting and three members sent apologies for their absence.

 

    • Minutes of Annual General Meeting 10th April 2011

Chairman John Strachan snr then read the minutes of the AGM of the 10th April 2011. These were proposed as “true” by Stan Sommers and seconded by Ian Speed. There were no matters arising from this meeting.

 

    • Chairman’s remarks

The chairman thanked all members for their support during the year and for electing him at the last AGM and said that he enjoyed filling the role. He also thanked the rest of the committee for their help during the last year.

 

    • Treasurer’s report

Stan Sommers produced the annual Income and Expenditure report which indicated that the accounts were in a healthy position. Membership dues were up by £740.00 in the last year but money taken from bus fares were down due to the lack of home games but we also had income from scratch cards sold during journeys.

 

£92.00 was raised at the Children’s Xmas party due to the sale of merchandise.

The annual dance made a minimal loss of £24.00 and despite this was deemed to be a success, although it would have been nice to have had more members attend.

 

Expenditure – Stan advised that there would be a 14% price increase by Moffat and Williams  for bus hire this year, but compared to other companies we were still getting a good deal.

 

The children’s Xmas party had cost £494.00 and attendance was down on last year but everyone who attended agreed that it had gone well.

The club gave donations of £150.00 to Sharon Main and £160.00 to Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland during the year.

Stan hoped that this year would be another good financial one with another qualifying campaign to look forward to.

Stan closed by thanking all members for their support during the last year.

The Treasurer’s report was proposed for adoption by John Strachan and seconded by Gerry McTeague. The report was adopted unanimously.

 

 

  • Secretary’s report

John Callaghan provided copies of his annual report. John thanked all members for their support during the last year and in particular the committee members.

 

John advised that the Google group and Facebook both now had 36 members although they were not necessarily the same people and that if any other members wished to join they should contact him with their details.

 

John has continued to attend the ATAC meetings as the KOFTA representative and said that he expected more to develop on the “No team GB” situation at the next meeting – so far only one under 23 player was known to have been approached and a few overage players. John advised the SFA were still saying no to Team GB and when asked what actions they were taking he said that they were waiting to see who accepted the offer to play and then the SFA would put “pressure” on them to change their mind. John also explained the position of the other Home nations and advised that even the England supporters were not keen on a Team GB.

 

The ATAC 11 a-side tournament had not been as successful as hoped due to problems with other fixtures which meant our game had to be rescheduled and by that time it was impossible to get a team together. John wanted to thank David McDaid. As a result of what happened last year we have not entered a team this year but we have reported the events surrounding last years arrangements to the ATAC organisers

 

John advised that the children’s party had been a great success for both the kids and adults present and wanted to thank Kerry’s Kid’s Disco, Santa and his helpers for making it the success that it was.

 

The Secretary also advised that the annual dance which took place on 24th March 2012 at the CISWO was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all who attended, but that there was still a distinct lack of support from some members and that he hoped there would be a better attendance at future social functions in the coming year.

 

There have been 6 new members accepted in the last year and 2 resignations. This now means that we have a total of 108 members. However, due to lack of attendance at the monthly meetings 2 meetings had to be cancelled in the last year as there were not enough people present to form a quorum.

 

To conclude John said it had been a busy and very successful year and once again thanked everyone for their support.

 

At this point Dave McNaughton proposed a vote of thanks to John for all his hard work and dedication.

 

The Secretary’s report was proposed for adoption by John Thornton and seconded by Dougie Swindells. The report was adopted unanimously.

 

 

The Election of Office Bearers

The chairman announced that the committee would now stand down and a new committee would be voted in.

Chairman: John Strachan snr was proposed by Adam Wood for the position and seconded by Stan Sommers and there being no other candidates or objections John Strachan was duly elected as Chairman for the next year.

Treasurer: Stan Sommers was proposed by John Strachan for the position and seconded by Dave McNaughton and there being no other candidates or objections Stan Sommers was duly elected as Treasurer  for the next year.

Secretary: John Callaghan was proposed by Jim Lowe for the position and seconded by Stan Sommers and there being no other candidates or objections John Callaghan was duly elected as Secretary for the next year.

Minute Secretary:  Adam Wood was proposed by John Callaghan for the position and seconded by John Strachan and there being no other candidates or objections Adam Wood was duly elected as Minute Secretary for the next year.

Website co-ordinator:  Gerry McTague was proposed by John Strachan for the position and seconded by Adam Wood and there being no other candidates or objections Gerry McTague was duly elected as Website co-ordinator for the next year. Gerry was also congratulated for getting the best deal from the website provider for the next 2 years (£125.95).

Pub / Local Reps: The following people were elected and will form the rest of the committee for the forthcoming year.

Snooker Club: Gary Sommers and Dave McNaughton

Wotherspoons: Ian Speed

Dixon Arms: George Armstrong

North Glenrothes: John Will

Cowdenbeath: Craig Watson

 

OTHER BUSINESS

Social Functions

Newcastle trip – We started with 11 names for the Liverpool game but had to cancel due to the game being moved to the Sunday and it was also hard to get tickets and it was therefore decided to look into the game against Stoke City and 4 members will be going to this game. We will try again next season to arrange another trip to a Premiership game.

Annual dance – John Strachan said that band had been good and everyone present at the meeting who had attended the dance agreed that this was the case and that they all enjoyed themselves.

Dave McNaughton asked if we could make the next dance free to attend in the hope to try and get more members to attend but the feeling of the meeting was that people who could not attend but wanted to would lose out. Gerry McTague also said that the likelihood was that if you made it free people would say they were going but then not turn up and waste the ticket, which could have been sold to someone else.

John Lowe suggested that perhaps there should be a “bonus” for people to attend and suggestions discussed were as follows:

  1. Member goes free but partner pays
  2. Vouchers for some free drinks or raffle tickets with tickets

It was agreed that probably the best option was to charge £5.00 per ticket and give the members only 2 free drinks.

Jim Lowe asked if laying on free transport would help and the chairman advised that we had offered to do this for the Cowdenbeath members but that it had made no difference.

It was agreed that the next Annual dance would take place in March 2013 and that we would try and book the same group.

Adam Wood asked if we were still considering holding a Saint Andrews day dance and it was agreed that the committee would look into it. 

The Club Secretary is also going to look into combining a Burns night with the Coaltown of Balgonie Bowling club.

James Black asked if it would be worthwhile issuing a questionnaire to members, on the bus for the next home game,  to find out if members were actually interested in the club holding these functions or if they had any ideas for any other type of function.

Golf outing - Stan Sommers advised that John Will had been in touch to say that the Golf outing would be held at the Thornton Golf club on 5th May 2012. E-mail from George Brown advised that the costs would be £13.00 for Thornton and for Thornton non-members it would be £24.00.         Stan believed that there were 6 tee-off times and that so far 8 members  had shown interest.

John Will had asked Stan if the club would make a donation to the event. Dave McNaughton proposed £100.00 but there was no seconder. Jim Lowe proposed £50.00 and this was seconded by Bert Ricks and accepted by the meeting. 

Merchandise- We managed to sell some of our stock at the children’s party and Stan is going to add an updated list of items available to the Google group website. We will then look again in a couple of months to see what stock we have left. There were suggestions that we may consider donating some of it to a worthwhile charity or organisation.

 

A.O.B.

Ronnie Savickis -Club Secretary read out a letter from Ronnie Savickis who was resigning from the club due to work commitments. Ronnie wanted to thank all the members for the good times he had with the club and reminisced about some of the trips to away games and he also wanted to wish the club good luck for the future.

Match Days - Jim Lowe stated that he had read somewhere that someone from the SFA had stated that THE FANS WANTED Friday games but it was agreed that nobody present had ever heard of someone wanting Tuesday and Friday games. John Callaghan said that this had been brought up at the last ATAC meeting but the SFA would not clarify who they had spoken to. The opinion of those present was that it was FIFA and EUFA who were pushing for the days to suit Television companies.

It looks like the Wales home game will be a Saturday                                                      

John Callaghan said he would bring the subject of the Tuesday and Friday matches up again at the next ATAC meeting and highlight the fact that the members believed there had been a drop in the number of members renewing their membership.

Points - There also followed a discussion on why there were so many away friendly games, as some members were concerned that they were losing points but, it was stated that the majority of fans would also lose points and so it would not have as much of an affect as thought.

Dougie Swindells said that at present he had 4 point but the way things looked he could be down to nil.

It was asked why points could not be given for attending home games and it was stated that this had been discussed in the past but no action had been taken.

The SFA stance was that 5 of the friendly matches were in easy travelling distance and that it was hard to manage issuing points for home games ?

Croatia / Serbia double header – There is still no news on this

 

The Annual General Meeting closed at 13.45pm

 

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on the 13th May 2012 at 13.00pm

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

13.00pm on Sunday 11th March 2012

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes  
 

 

KOFTA Minutes

 

The meeting was called to order by Minute Secretary Adam Wood at 13.03.

In attendance (7 members and 1 guest)

Adam Wood, James Black, Ian Speed, John Thornton, Gerry McTague, George Brown, John Will and Tommy Allan (guest)

Apologies (5 members)

John Sibbald, John Callaghan, John Strachan jnr.,John Strachan snr., and Robbie Strachan.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the February 12th meeting by Adam Wood (Minute Secretary), who also apologized for the absence of the other committee members.

Minutes proposed as true record by Ian Speed and seconded by John Thornton.

Friendlies

Slovenia V Scotland – Wednesday February 29th 2012

Adam asked for feedback on the above match from those present who had travelled to the game.

Apart from the opinion that it was a poor game (although it was pointed out that Slovenia are a lot higher in the rankings than Scotland so the result was actually quite good) those who attended the game said that the stadium was very poor with wet seats.

Slovenia itself was OK and the temperature reached 22˚

 

USA V Scotland – Saturday 26th May 2012

There was no known members of the club going to this game although George Brown said he was still looking into it.

There are 1000 ticket put aside for Scotland supporters at a price of $40 each

 

Scotland V Australia – Wednesday 15th August 2012 (Easter Road)

There will probably be early and late buses for the game but we need to know how many members plan to attend so that we know whether this is practical. (see further comments in the ATAC section)

 

Luxemburg V Scotland – Wednesday 14th November 2012

Gerry McTague and Tommy Allan advised that they wer planning to go to the game and Ian Speed advised the he and John Strachan snr. Were also thinking about going. Ian checked with the travel agents to see if this would be classed as a City Break but they advised him that it was not.

 

 

2014 World Cup Qualifier games for 2012

Serbia at Home – Saturday, September 8th

Macedonia at Home – Tuesday, November 11th

Wales Away – Friday, October 12th

Belgium Away – Tuesday, October 16th

 

George Brown will give Jim Black contact number for Kirkcaldy Tartan Army so that he can find out if they still have seats available on their bus for the Wales game.

Social Events

Annual Dance                                                                                                                                                         

George Brown advised that John Gatshore of Thornton Golf Club was looking for tickets and it was also advised that there was interest shown by members of the CISWO.

Committee members will hold a special meeting on March 18th to discuss how many tickets have been sold and finalise details 

 

Newcastle game

Game against Liverpool has now been moved to 1st April for television – members present who had said they were interested in the previous date said they were still interested in going as long as they travelled back on the day of the match to get to work on the Monday.

Same members said they were also interested in the alternative option of the game against Stoke on Saturday April 21st

Anyone interested should contact the committee as soon as possible.

 

ATAC/SFA/SSC

Club Secretary attended a meeting at Hampden on March 7th

Key points were as follows:

        SSC membership increase was due to VAT rise and SSC fees have not increased since 2005

        SSC will provide details of where residue of membership money is distributed at next meeting

        SSC apologized for problems with new IT “ticketing” system and the trouble it caused at the 8 point ticket allocation – this was due to misunderstanding between SSC and company providing the service.

        There SSC was asked why they had changed from the old balloting system for tickets – they advised that they thought the current system was fairer

        Reason behind ticketing for Easter Road match against Australia – Ground cannot hold all 21,813 SSC members and, therefore, should all members apply then it will be on a first come first served basis. However, as only 5000 members applied for the last friendly at Hampden (rest were sold to public) the capacity should be sufficient. The SSC are considering a multi-match ticket purchase for forthcoming qualifying matches ---Also available will be multi person block booking purchases and seat selection. This can actually be set up now to allow instant purchase when the time comes (Committee to discuss)

        At the Slovenia game all pick ups of tickets were collected but for the Cyprus game there were 120 cancellations and 70 did not pick up and these 70 have been given a “yellow card” and informed they will have to pick up their tickets at the next game

        There will be 100% pick up at USA game

        SSC invited suggestions for next membership pack and asked if members would be interested that if instead of getting the pack members could chose to have their membership reduced by £5 although the contents were worth more than £5

        There are 21,813 and SSC have e-mail address for further 16,000 who applied 2 years ago but were unsuccessful. These people will be invited to re-apply

        Membership of SSC consists of 86% male and 14% female

        51% are between 30-749 years, 21% between 50-69 years and balance being older or younger

        SFA commercial team asked ATAC for feelings on Pre-match and half-time entertainment as well as national anthem  - Views were given and much of the status quo suggested

        Thomson Sport Reps attended meeting to discuss travel – they have commenced a deal with SSC to offer travel arrangement to away games. – good discussion took place and they advised they had their own planes available which could be utilized instead of chartering other company’s planes. They will offer short and longer trips if to holiday destinations, depending on demand. On a decision about game being made they will offer package of flight, hotel and transfers but a £50 deposit will be required which will be refunded up to date after the day tickets are allocated, therefore assuming if member gets ticket and has not cancelled  they will be attending

        Olympics – Team GB – 17 over age players have received letters (no names given) and James Forrest is only under age (it is believed that Celtic will not let him play as they will be preparing for Champions league – if players do not respond to the letters they will be assumed to be willing to play. SFA are playing it low key and waiting to see what happens . if Scottish player is invited and accepts SFA will try to dissuade him warning of fans reactions and other possible consequences – Women national players are in the same situation

        SSC said they should be contacted if clubs want the Team manager or players to attend club functions and they will see what they can arrange (too late for our Annual Dance?   

 

A.O.B

George Brown advised that 6 members had shown interest in the Golf outing on May 5th and that further information was on Google group and facebook

Gerry McTague is going to add to website

There will be 6 tee off times

There is room for 24 players

 

Gerry McTague advised that the website renewal fee was due in the next 4-6 weeks and he is going to contact the treasurer to see whether we apply for 1 year or 2. Chairman is also aware of details.

 

It was suggested that it might be a good PR idea to send birthday wishes to members on website and through Google group and Facebook

Next meeting  

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on April 15th , 2012 at 12.30pm – This will be the AGM

 

Meeting closed at 13.38

 

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

13.00pm on Sunday 12th February 2012

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes  
 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.06.

In attendance (7 members)

John Strachan snr., Adam Wood, James Black, Ian Speed, John Thornton, Gerry McTague and Tommy Allan

Apologies (5 members)

John Sibbald, John Callaghan, John Strachan jnr., Dougie Swindells and Tony Trawinski.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the December 11th meeting by John Strachan (Chairman), who apologized for the fact there had been no meeting held in January due to the fact that only 6 members had attended on that date.

Minutes proposed as true record by John Thornton and seconded by Ian Speed

Friendlies

Slovenia V Scotland – Wednesday February 29th 2012

Tam Allan advised 4 people have tickets for the game and that other members are hoping to get confirmation on Wednesday from the “Local” ticket office in Slovenia who will post the tickets to the member’s hotel.

It was perceived by the members present that with the arrangement for this match it was open to people ordering tickets to get points, as not all members have to collect their tickets (only about 20% have to collect their tickets) and therefore people will order tickets, even although they are not going to the game, just so they can get the points.

Tickets for those not having to collect theirs have already started to be posted out by the SFA

It was decided that our representative should bring up the point about the collection at the next ATAC meeting. 
 

It was advised that with the next world cup qualifying round there was a good chance of members who were hoping to get on the points ladder being able to pick up points due to the sizes of the stadiums involved and the ticket allocations that would be made.   
 

World Cup Qualifier games

As previously discussed we will decide where to go prior to the games nearer the time.

There will probably be two buses for the Tuesday game and it will be decided whether to go to a club /pub or drop members off so that they can make their way to the Club /pub or drop members off so that they can make their way to the City Centre

For Saturday match we will probably go to the Rutherglen club as members seemed to enjoy it the last time. 
 

For the two away game “double-header” (Wales and Belgium matches) it would appear that most people have made their own arrangements.

We need members to advise urgently if they are needing help to get to the Wales game as it is getting late to get anything organized, but as highlighted by George Brown in the Google group website the Kirkcaldy Tartan Army are organizing a bus and we may be able to get some seats on that.

Tommy Allan advised that he had booked 4 rooms for Brussels but that they were now all taken and, that it would be hard to get cheap hotels at this late stage.   
 

John Thornton asked the committee why the games were mainly on a Tuesday and Friday instead of Wednesdays and Saturdays as previous campaigns and he was advised that this was something the FIFA was pushing and in many cases was probably to suit the television companies. 
 

It was highlighted that buses leaving at 5pm during the working week was a problem for members who could not get away early and it was agreed that we would look at leaving a bit later and also perhaps having a pick-up point at the Bankhead roundabout    

Social Events

Annual Dance           

The annual dance is now booked for March 24th at the CISWO. The Chairman is waiting on the Cowdenbeath members getting back on whether they require any they require any tickets and he is also trying to ghey require any tickets and he is also trying to get in touch with Stan Sommers and George Armstrong.

The band is a Dundee band called Brass Monkeys and if we sell 120 tickets we will get a good deal from the CISWO with regards to the payment of the band and the buffet   
 

Children’s Xmas Party

The annual Xmas part which was held in the CISWO on December 11th was a great success and it is highly likely that next year’s party will also be held in the CISWO whether it is in the current building or in a new location. 
 

Newcastle game

We are waiting on feedback from the Club Secretary as to how many members have shown an interest and as to what the status is with regards to our request for tickets for the game against Liverpool on March 17th.

Other games considered if this is not practical are the games against Stoke (April 21st) and Manchester City (May 5th).

Anyone interested should contact the committee as soon as possible.  
 

A.O.B

Gerry McTague will produce some posters, advertising the Annual dance, to be put up in member pubs .

Next meeting  

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on March 11th , 2012 at 13.00 n

Meeting closed at 13.37

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

12.00pm on Sunday 11th December 2011

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes 

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 12.11.

In attendance (12 members)

John Strachan snr., John Callaghan, Adam Wood, Stan Sommers, James Black, Dougie Swindells, Ian Speed, John Thornton, John Sibbald, Dave McIntyre, Gerry McTague and David Yeats

Apologies (2 members)

Craig Muir and Ronnie Savickis

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read from the November 13th meeting by John Strachan (Chairman).

During the reading Jim Black highlighted that with regards to the discussion, at the last meeting, about arranging trip to a Premier League game it would be better for the club to send a letter to Newcastle FC as that way we were more likely to get seats that were grouped together.

Minutes proposed as true record by John Thornton and seconded by Dougie Swindells

Friendlies

Slovenia V Scotland – Wednesday February 29th 2012

It looks like there are only flights into one city and then supporters will have to take a train from there to the game.

Gerry McTague advised that some members are interested in going to the game and are currently checking up on flight details and costs.

Flights will probably be from Gatwick or Stansted 

Another option is to go via Zagreb in Croatia and then on to the game. The Croatian Tartan Army representative is trying to arrange a party in Zagreb before the game.

Anybody interested in going to the game should advise the committee and we will try to put them in touch with others who are interested in going   
 

World Cup Qualifier games

Buses will be organized as normal for the Serbia and Macedonia home matches on Saturday September, 9th and Tuesday September, 11th 2012 – Times and pick-up points will be advised nearer the time. 
 

Following our request for names of those interested in going to the Wales away game we have only received a response from the 4 members in Leven. It is believed that the Cowdenbeath members are making their own arrangements.

Gerry McTague advised that there was a train between Edinburgh and Cardiff but that it cost around £140.00. He and Ian Speed also advised that there was a member of the tartan Army who was arranging a train which it was hoped would cost around about half this price but people using this would have to make their own way to Glasgow to catch the train.

After the Wales game members may wish to go on to the Belgium Away match and there is a train from Cardiff to Brussels for those wishing to go on from the Wales game. For those wishing to travel to Belgium from Scotland there is a train from Edinburgh to Brussels. 
 

We need to know as soon as possible how many members wish to go to the Wales Game and whether they want to just go one way and then make their own way to Brussels or make a return trip.

Please pass this on to other members if they do not have access to these minutes.  
 

Social Events

Annual Dance           

Chairman is still trying to see if it is possible to arrange the dance for March 24th 2012 as CISWO did not have an up to date diary available when he last checked. The band will be sorted nearer the time as we are waiting on some feedback from the resident band at the CISWO  
 

Children’s Xmas Party

The annual Xmas part will be held in the CISWO today and it is hoped that everyone will enjoy themselves.  
 

A.O.B

There was no other business.

Next meeting  

The next meeting will take place at the CISWO on January 8th , 2012 at 13.00 n

Meeting closed at 12.36

 

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KoFTA Monthly Meeting

1.00pm on Sunday 13th November 2011

The CISWO Club, North Street, Glenrothes 

 
 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Strachan at 13.10.

In attendance (9 members)

John Strachan snr., John Callaghan, Adam Wood, James Black, Dougie Swindells, Ian Speed, John Thornton, John Will and David McDaid

Apologies (7 members)

Stan Sommers, George Brown, Tony Travinsk, John Strachan jnr., Gerry McTague, John Sibbald and Ronnie Savickis

Approval of Minutes

As not enough members turned up on October 16th to hold the monthly meeting, as planned, the minutes were read from the September 11th meeting by John Strachan (Chairman).

Minutes proposed as true record by John Thornton and seconded by Dougie Swindells

During the reading of the minutes the chairman apologized for there not being a meeting on October 16th due to some members still returning / recovering from away match in Spain

Xmas Party

Would all members check to ensure that they have sent in their applications for the party. Lists will be put on the website and Google group and it is the responsibility for each member to ensure that the forms have been received. If in doubt please contact one of the committee members’ 

Qualifiers

Chairman asked for feedback on the trips to Liechtenstein and Spain.

The consensus was that they were on the whole very enjoyable with the following minor hiccups

  1. Lichtenstein – Cameras were confiscated but SFA acted to resolve the problem and they were returned to the owners
  2. Spain – there was a lost / stolen phone and one member had their mascot stolen.

The were no club representatives at the Cyprus game  
 

World Cup Qualifier games

The dates for these matches have still to be arranged and we now believe that they will be decided on November 23rd.   Due to the fact that Croatia and Serbia appear to riendly be unable to resolve their problems it looks like FIFA will set the dates. According to the Tartan Army website it looks like there will be a match in August but as yet it is unknown if this will be a qualifying game or just a friendly.

There is also the possibility of a friendly match with Slovenia in February.

There is the feeling that there may be a double header during the qualifiers with two of the following Macedonia/Serbia/Croatia. 
 

As there is the possibility of a weekend match against Wales the club may look at the possibility of putting on a bus.

Would members who plan to go to the game please advise the committee if they are making their own way there or if they would be interested in travelling in a club bus (please pass this information on to any club members who may not have access to these minutes)

The arrangement for the bus will depend on the day that the match is arranged for e.g. during week or at weekend.

If the dates are fixed by November 23rd then we need to know members plans by November 27th so that the committee can hold a special meeting to decide whether to arrange a bus and possibly hotels. It is important that we get these booked as soon as possible before the best options are taken up by other supporters. 
 

It was also brought to the clubs attention by David McDaid that there was a concern whether some members would have enough points to get tickets for the game as they had lost points at the Cyprus game but it was pointed out by the Chairman that most supporters were in the same situation as there were not many at the game and so threshold may be lowered.

There was also concern that it may be hard to get tickets for the Belgium game as it will be very popular, however it was felt that the size of the away stadiums in our group are of reasonable size to get good ticket allocations. 
 

It was agreed that the committee would discuss each home game on its merits but the consensus of those present was that where possible we would go to the Glencairn club as the atmosphere was a lot better the last time.      
 

Social Events

Annual Dance           

As March 17th did not seem to suit members the committee will try to see if it is possible to arrange the dance for March 24th instead. The band will be sorted nearer the time as we are waiting on some feedback from the resident band at the CISWO  
 

Children’s Xmas Party

The annual Xmas part will be held in the CISWO on Sunday, December 11th 2011

Kerry’s Disco has been booked

As stated before please ensure that your forms have been received and please arrange to bring the presents along in time to allow the committee to get them in Santa’s sack.

Remember that till receipts will have to be provided to get your money back for the gifts (maximum £15 per gift)

The monthly meeting also falls on December 11th and therefore the meeting will be brought forward to 12 noon on that day so presents can be handed in then. 
 

A.O.B

John Wills advised that the Golf outing went ahead as planned and was a great success and there are plans to have another in May / June. John advised that there are still some trophies left over which will be used for this. 
 

It was also discussed as to what events we should try to arrange for next year and the following options were brought up

  1. Arrange a visit to a English Premier League game – Jim Black advised that he had a contact who may be able to help get tickets for Newcastle games
  2. Day at the races
  3. St Andrews Night (2012)